Quality Appetizers Are More Than Just An Opening Act

For over 35 years, Ponte Vecchio has been a staple of Fine Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn. Our team continues to raise the bar when it comes to providing a superior dining experience to any guest that steps through our doors. Everything our world-class chefs make is 100% authentic and widely considered to be the finest Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn. Our guests expect nothing but the best when they come to Ponte Vecchio, and that’s what makes us such a special dining experience. Those special experiences can be even more special with the right appetizer.

Think about it…

How many times have you sat down for a meal at a restaurant and wished you had something other than rolls or breadsticks to enjoy? The number is probably more frequent than you may think. In fact, there have been a number of studies conducted that show many people refrain from ordering an appetizer or a drink until someone else does. This essentially delves into the idea of people feeling too self-conscious about themselves around others. But why wait until the main course arrives to enjoy yourself? Especially when a quality appetizer can be much more than just an opening act for the rest of your evening.

  • Appetizers get the conversation started. Whether it’s a date, a family meal, dinner with friends, or a business lunch, appetizers are a great way to get people talking. Many people naturally feel more comfortable in social settings when they’re eating or drinking something. They’re a wonderful way to start any meal.
  • Appetizers can set the tone. When you’re with another person and you’re looking to start your lunch/dinner off the right way, having an appetizer your table can share can really set a positive tone. Sharing an appetizer can be a very communal experience in many ways. It can also give you and your guest(s) something else to talk about.
  • Appetizers are a great way to tide you over. This is probably the most obvious benefit of ordering an appetizer, but it’s also the most important. When you’re hungry, you’re not always focusing on the company you’re with. Whether you’re on a date, enjoying a family meal, or dinner with friends, hunger pains tend to take people’s attention away. Don’t allow you or your guests to be hungry until the main course arrives. Satiate those hunger pains and get the conversations started sooner rather than later.
  • Remember…

    When you’re sitting down to enjoy a meal with someone, it should be about the food and the company. An appetizer helps to set the tone for your lunch/dinner and the occasion itself. Food can be a very communal experience, especially when it’s shared with others. Having a conversation starter in front of you like one of our delicious appetizers can truly help make your dining experience even more special. We hope to see you at Ponte Vecchio very soon.

    Quite possibly the finest dining experience you’ll ever have…

    Making a Reservation for your next Date, Family Gathering, or Other Special Occasion is always advisable. This is especially important to keep in mind considering the fact that our tables are sometimes booked for months in advance. If you would like to make a reservation at Ponte Vecchio, please submit your request through our Reservation Request form located here. For availability, please give us a call today at (718) 238-6449.

    Pairing The Right Entree With The Right Occasion

    Ponte Vecchio has been a staple of Fine Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn for over 35 years. We continue to raise the bar when it comes to providing a superior dining experience to any guest that steps through our doors. Everything we make is 100% authentic and widely considered to be the finest Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn. Our guests expect nothing but the best when they come to Ponte Vecchio, and that’s what makes us such a special dining experience. The same should be said about your own special occasions. Whether it’s a date night, business lunch, or family gathering, certain settings deserve certain considerations. That means pairing the right entree with the right occasion and making sure you put some thought into your dining choices.

    Did You Know?

    Most people actually know what they want to eat before they even look at a menu. Whether you know where you’re going ahead of time, or you make a choice at the last minute, we tend to know exactly what we want before we even step inside. You may look at a menu or deviate somewhat from your original desires, but we typically know what we are “craving.” This makes thinking about your setting or occasion even more important, because you may need to modify your cravings accordingly. We’ll explain why this is important below.

    Consider these tips…

  • Does your date/someone in your party have any allergies? If you want a pasta with clam sauce but your date has a seafood allergy, it’s probably a good idea to avoid the clam sauce. It’s a small change, but it will ultimately help to make your night go much smoother. You don’t want to risk someone you’re dining with possibly getting sick right? Enjoy yourself, but think about those around you as well.
  • Are you dining with friends/family or business colleagues? This one is an important thing to factor in for a number of reasons. The biggest one is more about the setting. If you’re with people who know and love you on a personal level, you’re probably not as concerned about your appearance. Ordering a dish that may have a lot of sauce probably won’t be as much of a concern. When you’re with a business colleague, however, you’ll want to maintain a more professional appearance. That generally means avoiding dishes with a lot of sauce or the potential for a mess (IE: sauce stains on a white shirt). Try and be mindful of this and order your dishes accordingly.
  • Is it hot or cold outside? This is a much more important factor than many people may think it is. On a hot day, a seafood-based dish may be a better overall choice just because it will likely be lighter and less heavy. On a colder day, you may want a heavier or more hearty type of dish that will leave you with a more warm & full feeling inside.
  • Remember…

    Regardless of the setting or the people you’re with, factoring in certain circumstances can definitely help turn a good meal into a great one. Whether you’re dining with us for lunch or dinner with friends, family, or business colleagues, Ponte Vecchio offers something for everyone. When you’re looking for the right setting and some amazing dishes that will no doubt be among the highlights of your day/night, our goal is to make sure you leave with a smile on your face. For the one of a kind authentic experience you’ve been looking for, Ponte Vecchio is the right choice for you and your guests regardless of the setting. We hope to see you soon.

    The one of a kind dining experience you’ve been dreaming of…

    Making a Reservation for your next Date, Family Gathering, or Other Special Occasion is always advisable. This is especially important to keep in mind considering the fact that our tables are sometimes booked for months in advance. If you would like to make a reservation at Ponte Vecchio, please submit your request through our Reservation Request form located here. For availability, please give us a call today at (718) 238-6449.

    Our 6 Favorite Seafood Based Dishes & Appetizers

    Here at Ponte Vecchio, our guests expect nothing but the best when they dine with us. We feel like that’s just one of the many things that make us such a special dining experience. We continue to raise the bar when it comes to providing a superior dining experience to any guest that steps through our doors. Ponte Vecchio has been a staple of Fine Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn for over 35 years, and we are widely considered to be the best Italian Cuisine in Brooklyn. Making a Reservation for your next Date, Family Gathering, or Other Special Occasion is always advisable. This is especially the case during the summer when our seafood-based dishes are among the most popular ones that we serve here at Ponte Vecchio.

    Perhaps you’ve been looking for some different meal or appetizer choices for you and your guests on your next night out? Maybe you’ve got a special date night planned and you’re in the mood for seafood, but they’re more of a pasta person. Why not enjoy a little bit of both? Everything we serve here at Ponte Vecchio is fresh and made to order especially for you. We love all of our dishes, but we have a special place in our hearts for seafood as well.

    Here are our 6 favorite seafood-based dishes & appetizers:

  • Red Snapper Casalinga. Paired with Clams & Mussels served in a Light Tomato Sauce.
  • Sogliola Oreganata. Filet of Sole, Baked with Lemon, Garlic, and Bread Crumbs.
  • Spaghetti Alla Vongole. Served with Vongole Clams in a Light Tomato Sauce.
  • Insalata Saporiti. Grilled Shrimp served with fresh Arugula & Red Onions.
  • Calamari Fritti. Fresh Fried Squid is a Traditional Italian Favorite and one of the most popular appetizers here at Ponte Vecchio.
  • Vongole Oreganata. Baked Little Neck Clams are always among the most popular appetizers served here at Ponte Vecchio.
  • Remember…

    Whether you’re a seafood aficionado or someone who’s just looking to try something new, Ponte Vecchio has a number of amazing and fresh choices for you. Whether it’s served with pasta, as a main dish, or as an appetizer, we personally love making our seafood dishes. But we’re sure if you come into Ponte Vecchio that you’ll certainly love those dishes too.

    Fine dining experiences should be anything but casual…

    Making a Reservation for your next Date, Family Gathering, or Other Special Occasion is always advisable. This is especially important to keep in mind considering the fact that our tables are sometimes booked for months in advance. If you would like to make a reservation at Ponte Vecchio, please submit your request through our Reservation Request form located here. For availability, please give us a call today at (718) 238-6449.

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