Queens Chowhounds have followed Chef Michael Zampitelli for years, going back to La Tavernetta in Glendale and Forest Hills. Now he’s resurfaced at three-week-old Osteria Italiana in Maspeth. Try great, inexpensive pastas, meatballs, and an old ‘hound favorite: a strapping sandwich (pictured) of juicy grilled chicken and mozzarella with shallot vinaigrette.

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