Il Poeta

Ristorante italiano

Come and join us

Family-owned Italian restaurant serving traditional fare in a homey, white-tablecloth setting, with different specials and always impeccable service.

Our Customers Love

Tagliolini Del Poeta

Homemade pasta in porcini mushroom sauce wrapped with imported speck and truffle oil.

Scaloppine Di Vitello Alla Boscaiola

Veal scaloppine eith mushroom, bacon and pearl onions and served with crispy polenta.

Pollo Ruspante Arrosto Con Patate Al Forno

Roasted half free range chicken served with roasted potatoes.

"A delightful dining experience!"

Brian C Forest Hills, New York
Brian C Forest Hills, New York
Authentic Italian in Queens
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My wife and I dined here in August 2014 on a weeknight. The service was great and the ambiance is very nice. Now we were just in Italy in July 2014, so we had a hankering for some Italian food now that we're back home in Queens. The food at Il Poeta was just like back in Italy! The menu is somewhat typical to Venetian fare. So the seafood is on point. Everything tasted so fresh and expertly seasoned. We'll definitely be coming back!
Mrjlpz New York City, New York
Mrjlpz New York City, New YorkPerfect.
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In my opinion, of course, Il Poeta is one of the best. I love that it is a small restaurant because just like a small classroom, more attention is on you, the customer. My family is always welcomed with open arms and it is amazing how Mario and Luca greet everyone to make sure their experience is and has been consistently amazing. The staff is always friendly. The food has never failed me and keeps me coming back for more! They also have a nice bar inside the restaurant for anyone that just wants drinks. Out of all the restaurants in Forest Hills and Queens, this is my first choice when going out to eat.
CRG413 New York City, New York
CRG413 New York City, New York “Neighborhood Gem!”
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We have been going to Il Poeta since it opened, bringing family and friends to partake in this wonderful little restaurant. Il Poeta is on a not particularly attractive street, but once inside you are instantly transported to Italy by the elegant decor and background music. The service is always excellent, with knowledgable, accommodating staff. When the charming Luca is there, you will get excellent advice on what wine to order with particular dishes. Mario, the chef, is always willing to make something special to order, especially if you have allergies or would like a particular dish with something other than what is being offered on either the regular or special menu. Particular favorites of ours are the parmesan encrusted chicken, the calves liver, and the eggplant appetizer. The fish of the day, whatever it may be, is always a winner, as Mario only uses the freshest ingredients from local markets. Il Poeta is always our go-to restaurant when we want a fine dining experience in our neighborhood.

Contact Us

Opening Hours: 
Monday Closed
Tuesday  to Sunday
12:00 AM –10:00 PM
  • 9804 Metropolitan Ave Forest Hills, New York 11375
  • 1 718-544-4223

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