May 7, 2013 By Christian Murray
An Italian restaurant is moving into the space that was occupied by the now-defunct Tapenade Bistro at 44-07 on Queens Blvd.
The restaurant, which has yet to be named, will open in about two months and is going to offer Italian-inspired cuisine, using products from the local greenmarket.
The restaurant will be owned and operated by three people who run restaurants in Astoria.
The new owners—Giusepe Falco, Leonard Sacco and Michelle Vido—will model the Queens Blvd. restaurant after “Vesta trattoria and wine bar”, a restaurant they own located at 21-02 30th Avenue.
The owners also have a restaurant called “Pachanga Patterson”, which offers Mexican-styled cuisine. It is located at 33-17 31st Ave.
Actually it’s Sunnyside Pizza’s sauce that loses me: much too sweet! Stop adding sugar to the gravy please, more garlic & oregano instead.
It’s too damn hipster sweet!
Just because you’re Italian doesn’t mean you’re an expert in pizza or even Italian food for that matter. I bet you think pasta is originally from Italy.
Sully – walk or drive to 58th Street & Woodside Avenue and try Peking Duck. Their lo mein, BBQ spare ribs and soup are great! You can also get a roasted chicken there too and it is yummy! Yes, it’s technically Woodside – not Sunnyside – but close enough. FYI: they only take cash.
i’d like a decent italian restaurant and definitately a real good chinese food place eat in or take out …..can’t find GOOD chinese anywhere in Sunnyside or good pizza for that matter …..so to those who think sunnyside has the “best” pizza ….can you please share with me the very well kept secret of where?…..and good chinese too if it exists…….thanks!
@ King of Queens – Here! Here!
We who have moved here from Manhattan have given Sunnyside a bright new shiny look. we have come in and taken over from the RIFF RAFF that used to live here.
hipster pizza? huh?
Brick oven pizza is pretentious? I’m Italian. I think that should settle the matter.
I like Sunnyside Pizza, but I would also like a higher quality option. I also wish we could have healthier options, such as a place for fresh made salads, wraps, and panninis. We also need higher end Chinese and more delis for fresh sandwiches, and maybe even a Spanish tapas place!
John you should be slapped with a pizza right across the face for speaking such blasphemy. Sunnyside pizza is the BEST. I would bathe naked in that sauce…its so good. so so good.
eh sunnyside pizza would be great if they didn’t assume that I enjoy burnt sesame seeds in every bite.
a Kosher deli (we used to have 3), an Italian deli, a real chinese restaurant (we used to have 2) & some barbecue sounds good to me!! If u want hipster pizza please go to Long Island City – oops I forgot we dont want to be associated with LONG ISLAND (even tho u are on the Island) LIC!!! REAL FOOD FOR REAL PEOPLE!
Have you not been pleased with Sunnyside Pizza? My family and all visitors from out of town believe it’s some of the best pizza in NYC.
They’re just pretending to be pretentious.
krissi and reesie – you sound like pretentious people.
@Krissi – Yes, we need some decent, gourmet pizza in Sunnyside! It makes me cry when I have to think about the selections here.
I was HOPING for a brick oven pizza place, but this will do! Can’t wait to reserve my spot!
@Anonymous: No I mean outright own and manage it, not just do the serving and cooking.
@Craic Dealer you do realize that most of the cooks in some of the city’s finest restaurants are mexicans/pakistanis/not actually who you think is cooking your food. Who runs the front of the house is a totally different story
Thankfully an Italian restaurant run by Italians/AmericanItalians. Its weird when Mexican’s/Pakistanis run Italian restaurants. Its just not right. Called me old fashion… whatever.
THIS. IS. AWESOME.
At long last. Thank you Jesus.
Vesta us wonderful! This is an exciting addition to Sunnyside.
(Cue Oppressed Masses to wonder if they will let dogs in…)
Great news. Vesta and Pachanga Patterson are terrific!
Exciting. Looking forward to trying the food! We definitely need more restaurants on the north side of Queens Blvd! All we need to do is replace H&R Block (eye sore).
Agree with the request for Vietnamese- I asked the Cyclo owners in LIC to think about opening one…would also like to see an ice cream shop and a decent Pizza place like Rose’s…wouldn’t hurt to have a comfort food/southern/cajun place along the lines of Sugar Freak
My wife and I love Vesta we have walked there on many occasions great food great service really nice people all around. they will demolish Dazies I think that’s how it spelled awful food and awful service.
YESS! Ramps on the menu, the calling card of new flesh! Godspeed restauranteurs! Make haste of this gentrification we have so little signs of! CIA trained exec and a menu that isn’t filled with garbage from southern Italy that every pizza shop is trying to push. Stunning Yelp reviews (4.5+ @ 350+) and tasteful decor with an warm facade. Lease already renewed with negligible increase. BRING IT ON. Salt & Fat, you may no longer be alone! Nevaeh OUT *mic drop*
we don’t need an italian restaurant. We need an Italian deli. Something that offers something like Butcher Block. That’s what we need.
a place where working people too busy to cook can get decent food . Not some trendy restaurant hoping to invite people out of manhattan.
we need some good vietnamese so I don’t have to schlep to Thai So’n in jackson heights to get my MSG on.
YESS! Ramps on the menu, the calling card of new flesh! Godspeed restauranteurs! Make haste of this gentrification we have so little signs of! CIA trained exec and a menu that isn’t filled with garbage from southern Italy that every pizza shop is trying to push. Stunning Yelp reviews (4.5+ @ 350+) and tasteful decor with an warm facade. Lease already renewed with negligible increase. BRING IT ON. Salt & Fat, Takesushi; you may no longer be alone! *mic drop* — Nevaeh OUT.
This is so exciting! Vesta is one of the best restaurants in Queens, and Pachanga is fun and exciting. Would love to have a place in Sunnyside that resembled either of these restaurants—and good farm-to-table Italian would be a great addition to the neighborhood.
Good luck; Queens Blvd has not had good luck lately.
(other than Donato’s)
I agree – it’s on cuisine we are kinda lacking on the north side.
This sounds wonderful!
I’ve been to Pachanga before and enjoyed the food and the experience overall. This is great news because we need more places that have fresh and varied menus. There are some good places in the neighborhood already, but it gets boring after a while. Especially with some of these places that have had the same menu for years and their “specials” have been the same for years! Very happy. Very excited for this new addition to the neighborhood. The area is changing and we need more good options like this.