Testaccio at the Gardens: We hardly knew ye

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At Testaccio at the Gardens in Garden City

At Testaccio at the Gardens in Garden City Park, a seafood salad is served with plastic spoons. (May 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

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A little more than a month after it opened, the promising Roman-style trattoria Testaccio at the Gardens in Garden City Park has closed. Diners who had made reservations for Saturday night arrived to find a dark restaurant with locked doors and no sign indicating what had happened.

The restaurant was in the Jericho Turnpike building long occupied by the Garden Inn and then, in turn, by McGillicuddy’s, Patrick’s East Side Grill and, for about a year, Vintage. It was a collaboration between Michael Izzo, a partner at Vintage, and Carlo and Paul Bordone, owners of the well-regarded Testaccio Ristorante in Long Island City.

A manager at the Queens restaurant confirmed that the Long Island branch had closed, but gave no further details.

Seafood salad, served with plastic utensils, at Testaccio at the Gardens

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