34-08 31st Ave
New York, New York 11106
New York City Restaurants 2012
Food 27 Decor 20 Service 22 Cost $23
“Fantastic” panini fashioned from “unbeatable” breads and “quality ingredients”
plus lots of “affordable wines” are the focus of this “relaxing” Astoria Italian; a “nice” garden, modest prices and “fast, friendly” service seal the deal.
July 30, 2007
Reader Rating: 10 out of 10 - Critics’ Pick
You might flit by this frumpy storefront, dismissing it as just another cupcake parlor. That would be a grave mistake. Inside, past the muffins, baby bundt cakes, and “Insane Homemade Brownies,” the delicate art of panini pressing is practiced almost clandestinely and with a high degree of finesse by Darren Lawless, who worked at Oceana and Lavagna in the East Village. In addition to panini, which runs the porcine gamut from coppa to prosciutto, there’s a wide range of snacky items, like a juicy tomato stuffed with tuna confit and preserved lemon, and an egg-salad crostino judiciously drizzled with truffle oil. At night, they dim the lights and place candles on the tabletops like a BYOBAstoria version of ’ino. –Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
Issue 734 : Oct 22–28, 2009
Best food in Astoria, Queens
Though its sexy new garden isn’t long for this season, locals continue to hit up this casual Italian go-to for its crackling panini ($9), in combinations like fresh tomato, goat cheese and tapenade.