For a truly elegant dining experience, visit Vetro of Howard Beach. Exceptional service, an enormous menu, vintage wines and champagnes – all come together in a chic, modern atmosphere on the water.
Our waiter, Lance, was much more than a server, acting as a culinary “tour guide” through the menu that has established Vetro as the talk of the town.
Begin your meal with a glass of red wine, signature to the authentic Italian experience. The sangiovese is rich and full bodied. If you’re in the mood for white, sample the sauvignon blanc: citrusy, light, and pleasantly nutty. Complement your beverage with an assortment of appetizers, including the grilled octopus, which is delicately flavored with garlic, parsley, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you’re searching for something different, order the sushi Italiano – complete with raw sushi-grade tuna wrapped in layers of prosciutto, celery and white truffle oil.
In Italy, people frequently begin their meal with “primi piatti,” a small serving of pasta, anything from spaghetti to cavatelli. At Vetro, this tradition is upheld through the surplus of pasta dishes, available in appetizer portions and with various sauces. My guest and I sampled the lobster ravioli DeGeorgio, a signature dish from Chef DeGeorgio –fresh Maine lobster, draped in rich cognac and heavy cream, truly delicious. If you’re searching for something modest, order the Russo’s spaghetti garlic & oil – spaghetti dressed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Gaeta olives and toasted walnuts: a charming rendition of “poor man’s pasta.”
The entrees at Vetro are perfectly portioned while successful at incorporating new and inventive concepts into classic Italian dishes. In the mood for fish? Order the Chilean sea bass served with plum tomatoes, garlic, shallots, seasoned breadcrumbs and white wine. If you’re a meat eater, the bistecca is for you: aged Sterling silver shell steak doused in a delicious beef broth with burro di Parma, a rich Italian butter.
Painted in shades of deep red and warm gold, and featuring brilliant tableware, rich drapery and light fixtures, the décor upholds a high standard of sophistication. While enjoying the atmosphere, order an espresso and the dessert sampler. The crème brulee was flambéed at our table, a divine combination of custard crème topped with caramelized sugar. My guest sampled the Opera Trio – layered vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut mousse over devils food sponge, glazed with milk chocolate: decadent, flavorful, sweet.
Vetro is the perfect place to spend a night with friends or your loved one- excellent food, a hospitable, informed wait staff and chic atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to host your next event or an innovative culinary adventure, visit Vetro of Howard Beach…you won’t be disappointed.
Vetro by Russo’s on the Bay
164-49 Cross Bay Boulevard
Howard Beach, New York 11414-3444
Monday – Saturday noon – 11 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Parking: Private lot, valet