Our renowned Italian restaurant in Douglaston was featured on a popular Cooking Channel program in June 2019. The program features celebrity chefs describing the best dishes they have tried at restaurants around the United States. The Cooking Channel reached out to chef and co-owner Alex Privilegi and his father Mauro Privilegi in 2018 following a nomination from celebrity chef Michael Psilakis. “[He] nominated us and he’s eaten at the restaurant at least a half-dozen times or more,” Privilegi said, adding that only establishments nominated by chefs can be featured on the program.
"In Douglaston, Queens, Parks and Waterfront" The New York Times covered life here in Douglaston, Queens, and mentioned our restaurant as a local favorite. "Residents shop and dine along Douglaston Parkway — the Italian restaurant Il Toscano nearby is a favorite." Read the whole story below.
Il Toscano's co-owner and chef Alex Privilegi was invited to My Fox 5 New York to prepare Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms on a live set.
We are proud to have been acknowledged as a leading restaurant in Queens and Long Island in the 2019 OpenTable Awards!
Il Toscano's co-owner and chef Alex Privilegi was invited to My Fox 5 New York's "Good Day Cafe" to prepare a non-traditional Napoleon dessert on a live set.
Blowing reeds, rippling water and swans—this peaceful scene looks more like the English countryside than Queens, but residents of Douglaston call this place home. This community in northeastern Queens sits just at the Nassau County border. To get a sense of just how special it is, I spoke to architect and unofficial historian Kevin Wolfe. "The largest building boom in the United States happened here as the railroad connected the city, Manhattan, to the suburbs," he said. Douglaston was named after the Douglas family. Its mile-long waterfront is a big draw. Wolfe said the Douglas family had a 200-foot yachting pier that was used for swimming and boating. The family promoted the athletic lifestyle of the community. Tree-lined streets and gorgeous mansions make this neighborhood charming. Douglaston Parkway is where you'll find quaint shops. A mile away is the Douglaston Park Golf Course on Marathon Parkway. The golf course is adjacent to Douglaston Manor, a historic home turned catering facility, which hosts indoor and outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours. If you get hungry in Douglaston, check out Il Toscano, a tiny restaurant that reminds you of being in Tuscany. It is known for its handmade pasta. Alex Privilegi, the owner, said three things make the difference between a good restaurant and a great restaurant: making fresh pasta daily, going to the market for the best ingredients, and family. Douglaston is a little slice of heaven in Queens. And it is closer than you think. —CHRISTAL YOUNG