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Il Triangolo: A Family Affair

| skarim@queenscourier.com


The main ingredient in Mario Gigliotti’s kitchen is family. The proud owner of Il Triangolo Restaurant in Corona strives to keep his father’s “American Dream” alive.

“My father, Angelo, got the opportunity to purchase this building in 1982,” said Gigliotti. “He was later told to knock it down to make more apartments, but never wanted to do that because it was his dream to own a business.”

Gigliotti started working at a young age. Meanwhile, his father saved up the fruits of his children’s labor for their future.

“I was always working in different fields,” said Gigliotti. “I worked for the MTA and I had my own business in construction. It was always in the back of my mind to open up a bar or a restaurant, something in the food industry, because I always thought of what my father said about owning a business.”

Gigliotti’s opportunity came knocking when the previous owner of what was an Argentine restaurant retired. “It was my chance to open up a restaurant, so I got my father’s OK,” said Gigliotti.

For the past 15 months, Il Triangolo has been up and successfully running as a family-operated business. All desserts are made fresh by Gigliotti’s wife, Pierina. His daughter, Josefina, works the service bar; his son, Angelo, is a waiter.

“We’re known for our homemade pastas and authentic cooking,” said Gigliotti. “We make signature ravioli, cavatelli, tortellini, farfalle, fettuccine and spaghetti dishes, without adding butters or creams.”

Gigliotti is optimistic about the restaurant’s future.

“We are looking to expand,” said Gigliotti. “I see Il Triangolo as a landmark in years to come, as we keep a family-run business, and making homemade products for our customers.”

Il Triangolo is located at 96-01 Corona Avenue.  To learn more, call them at 718-271-1250 or visit iltriangolony.com.

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Queens

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Choosing the right restaurant for romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date can turn even Casanovas into klutzes. So for all you Queens cupids, here are some dinner deals that will be sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Aegean Cove, Astoria, Greek: The restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $49.95 per person.

Locale, Astoria, Modern Italian: This eatery’s Valentine’s Day special is a $65 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Veslo, Astoria, Croatian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $50.

Marbella Restaurant, Bayside, Spanish: Enjoy a romantic dinner and dancing in the “costa del sol” ballroom for $65 per person.

Valentino’s on the Green, Bayside, Italian: The restaurant will feature a prix-fixe menu and live entertainment for $59 per person.

Baby Ray’s, College Point, Steak/Seafood: Receive 10 percent off when you reserve a table in advance.

Il Triangolo, Corona, Italian: There will be seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the restaurant’s $60 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu.

Giardino, Douglaston, Italian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $47.00 per person.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston, BBQ/Continental: Receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with the purchase of two entrees.

danny brown Wine Bar and Kitchen, Forest Hills: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 per person.

Wafa, Forest Hills, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: Spend Valentine’s Day at Wafa and enjoy three-course prix-fixe menu for $34.95 per person.

Arturo’s Ristorante, Floral Park, Italiano: Enjoy a dinner with your loved one with three-course prix-fixe menu for $34 per person.

Deluge Restaurant, Flushing, Asian/American: Receive 10 percent off your meal with the coupon in this week’s Queens Courier.  The restaurant also features a prix-fixe menu for $59 per person.

Kati-Allo, Greek, Flushing: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $22.95 per person.

O Lavrador, Jamaica, Portuguese/Spanish: Spend Valentine’s Day dining on the food of the Iberian Peninsula with a $31 prix-fixe menu.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Kew Gardens: The eatery offers a $49 prix-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast.

Da Gianni’s Ristorante, Long Island City, Italian: Enjoy a specially created Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $35.

Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, Long Island City, Italian:  Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline while feasting on a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $85.

Testaccio Ristorante, Long Island City, Contemporary Roman: A four-course prix-fixe menu with complimentary glass of wine for $60.

Tournesol Bistro Francais, Long Island City, French: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $39 per person.

Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City: The restaurant with views of Manhattan offers two Valentine’s Day deal: An $80 prix-fix menu featuring a live pianist and a $100 prix-fixe menu which includes a champagne toast, open bar from 7-11 p.m. and live DJ.

Trattoria Neo, Whitestone, Italian: Valentine’s Day includes a complimentary glass of wine and rose to go with a $49.95 prix-fixe menu.