During one of our strolls in Astoria, my friend dragged me through the streets to Vesta Trattoria, one of the restaurants that must have been for weeks on his shortlist of new places to try. Astoria is probably the most popular Queens’ borough now, it seems like a new restaurant is popping up every single day over there. But Vesta Trattoria is not exactly a newbie.
We started with a romaine and ricotta salad. The seasoning was well executed, and the ricotta cheese was very flavorful, not your average supermarket ricotta to say the least ($10).
Then we had a surprising pizza: eggplant and red cabbage ($15). I don’t know why but it sounded really appealing. When we saw the pizza coming to our table though, we were slightly puzzled as there was really a lot of toppings. It’s hard to tell if we really liked not or not. The red cabbage was probably a bit overwhelming but otherwise it was quite palatable.
It was quite surprising to take a look at the dessert menu and to notice that a dessert was called La Torta del Piccolo Bambino Gesù Cristo. As a devoted Christian, I didn’t think about it twice and ordered it. The cake was a sort of moist sponge of toffee and dates. It came with a generous caramel sauce. I couldn’t help from thinking that little Jesus was probably overweighted.
All in all, Vesta Trattoria makes very solid Italian cuisine in Astoria, and the price tag isn’t stratospheric. For more information about the menu, click here.
VESTA TRATTORIA & WINE BAR
21-02 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102
718 545 5550