2000-01-05 / Restaurant of the Week

Restaurant Of The Week

By Teresa Barile

A Month Of Special Events At Riccardo’s By The Bridge


or 50 years, Riccardo’s By The Bridge, on 24th Avenue inAstoria, has been catering its very best to generations of families. Founded by Riccardo Corbisiero as a restaurant and catering hall, the emphasis has always been providing families with quality food, service and hospitality.Today,Riccardo’s tradition is carried out by grandson,Tony Corbisiero, who offers the same dedication to service in each affair he caters. Recent renovations to the lobby, dining halls and bridal suite make Riccardo’s a number one choice in catered affairs.

To start off the new year in grand style, Riccardo’s announces some special events that will be taking place during January, all created to shake post holiday blues. For the first time ever, Riccardo’s has a spectacular "Night at the Opera and Broadway" planned for Friday,Jan. 14th. This extra special event, produced by Tony Campagna, will feature top notch performances by four professional singers from opera and Broadway stages and a pianist.Guests will be treated to arias from operas such as "La Traviata,""Madame Butterfly,""La Boheme,""Tosca,""DonGiovanni" and more.In addition, award-winning tunes fromBroadway shows like "Phantom of the Opera" and "Showboat" will bring a standing ovation.

This black-tie optional event will be held in Riccardo’s newly renovated grand ballroom at the price of $50 per person, tax and gratuities included. In addition to the fabulous entertainment, guests will dine after a sumptuous cocktail hour with carving stations, a complete sit-down dinner with a choice of three tantalizing entrees, premium open bar and an extravagant Viennese dessert table and coffee. I suggest gathering some friends and family and calling immediately for this very special event, which is filling up rapidly.

As always, Riccardo’s is holding its annual "Festa Italiano" onJan. 22nd. Dance and sing to the music of Jack Chiello’s Go-Go Italiano and laugh while the featured comedian tells stories of growing up Italian inNew York. This charming event costs only $37.50 per person, tax and gratuities included, and offers a full smorgasbord, Viennese dessert table and open bar.

For a night of intrigue, mystery and great food, reserve a place at the murder-mystery, "Death by Disco,"to be held onJan. 28th.This is a perfect evening for friends who enjoy a good thriller, with a complete cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and great entertainment.Tickets are $40 per person, plus cash bar.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun evenings ahead at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, long after you’ve put away your last holiday decorations.Call 721-7777 immediately to reserve your place for an evening of opera and Broadway on Jan. 14th, Festa Italiano onJan. 22nd, or Death by Disco on Jan. 28th.

Of course, Riccardo’s By The Bridge has gained its fine reputation for lavish, personalized catered events. Call Corbisiero to plan a wedding, anniversary party, engagement or business function. The professional staff will insure that every detail is tended to for a truly memorable event.

Riccardo’s By The Bridge

21-01 24th Ave.


(718) 721-7777

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