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Astoria's Il Bambino

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Astoria's Il Bambino

MarcInSunnysideGardens | Oct 31, 2007 10:08 AM

Had lunch there about 3 weeks ago.
I haven't posted about it. Why? I think there was some subconscious inkling that people really aren't all that interested in panini here... unless it's some elderly Italian dude making it.
I think it was probably unfair on my part to even think that way.
This place is earnest. They're trying hard. It's a good place.

Disappointing:
The very pretty smothered tomato with tuna "confit". Tomato was too firm and not flavorful enough (which is usually the case with very firm tomatoes).

Decent enough:
Crostini with truflled egg salad and shaved speck was fine. I've seen others comment about it; maybe I'm just getting over truffle oil, which has recently been debunked as not real truffles.

Excellent:
We had a couple of very nice panini. Great bread, great fillings. The fried eggplant was pretty spectacular, in particular.

Didn't try it but should have:
All of the sweets up front looked delicious. Especially if you prefer brownies and cookies to more exotic fare.

We sat in their dining room in the back, which is a little drab but I imagine it's nicer at night, with the lights dimmed. They played Big Star on their sound system all through lunch, which might have been a first in the borough?

We will go back for lunch or dinner soon.

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