Befitting its name, Il Triangolo is uniquely positioned on the corner of Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard, in Corona. This triangular building was built in the 1800s and is very rich in history. Angelo Gigliotti, an immigrant from Calabria, Italy, purchased the building in 1980, never thinking that more than 30 years later his son, Mario, together with the support of his family, would open a traditional Italian restaurant, filled with culture. You will be greeted by family when you enter, and immediately feel at home.

Our meal started with a basket of hard-crusted bread, baked by Mario’s wife, Pierina, who does all the baking and makes the pasta fresh daily. Accompanying the bread was a spread of sundried tomatoes, black olives, anchovies and extra virgin olive oil. The flavors blended together perfectly. It was hard not to make a meal of this alone.

You must complement your meal with Mario’s homemade wine mix, a smooth fragrant combination of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and zinfandel.

Our already heavenly meal continued with a pasta fagioli soup of small pasta, very tender cannellini beans and a touch of vegetables in a light flavorful broth. I must report, “it was almost as good as mama’s.”

You may want to try the antipasto platter of thinly sliced sopresatta (made by Mario and family), fresh buffalo mozzarella over sliced California tomatoes, feather-like prosciutto di Parma and home-cured olives, all topped with extra virgin olive oil (shipped directly from Calabria) and home-grown dried oregano.

Try to leave room for one of the many fresh pasta dishes, each with its own signature sauce. We tried a southern Italian dish of orecchietti pasta with Giardini mushrooms in a light truffle sauce. It was presented beautifully and was a magnificent blend of flavor and texture.

There are plenty of entrees to choose from, sure to please everyone in your family. We tried pollo il val Dosano, a northern Italian dish of rolled chicken stuffed with spinach, fontina cheese and prosciutto di Parma, topped with a light brown sauce. It was served with a side of broccoli rabe and roasted potatoes. It was a delicious dish for a hearty appetite.

I hope you have room for Pierina’s magnificent tiramisu or Italian ricotta cheesecake.

Everything at Il Triangolo is fresh from the market, homemade and free of preservatives. The menu is moderately priced and the atmosphere warm and friendly. You will be treated like family by daughter Josephine or son Angelo, if not by Mario and Pierina.

For authentic Italian food without leaving Queens, this is your place.

Visit Il Triangolo for a truly romantic Valentine’s dinner and tell Mario that you heard about him in the Queens Chronicle and he’ll treat you both to a glass of his delicious homemade wine. Molto Bene!

Il Triangolo Ristorante Italiano, is located at 96-01 Corona Ave., Corona, and be reached at (718) 271-1250.

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