I received news last week about Vesta, a new trattoria and wine bar on 30th Avenue and 21st Street. True that it's a bit out of the way but judging from its menu, it looks mighty enticing.
Vesta is owned by Astoria natives, Giuseppe Falco and Leo Sacco. Their kitchen is headed up by Michelle Vido, who's not only an Astoria resident, but she's also worked at impressive Manhattan and Brooklyn eateries such as The River Cafe, AIX, Monkey Bar and Little Giant.
I'll be checking it out soon and writing a real review but in the meantime, here's a peek at their food and wine menu. Wines come by the shot, glass or bottle--I found the shot thing kind of cool.
Mixed olives, caper berries, garlic, herbs and lemon...$2.50
Cranberry beans, balsamic roasted cipollini onions & grilled crostini...$3
Ricotta, basil, olive oil & crostini...$3
Ribollita - Tuscan bread soup...$5.50
Fennel and orange salad - Frisee lettuce and poppy seed dressing...$6.50
Antipasto plate - Manchego cheese, hot sopressata & fig spread...$8.95
Orecchiette pasta - House made fennel sausage, tomato and basil...$9.50
Linguini - With manila clams and chorizo sausage...$14.95
Baked gnocchi - With chanterelle mushroom cream...$15.95
Striped bass - Pan roasted with chick pea & cannellini bean broth...$18.50
Red - Salice Salentino '03, Taurino, Puglia; Chianti '06 Palladio, Toscana; Aglianico "Contado" '05, Di Majo Norante, Molise
White - Gravina '07, Botromagno, Puglia; Pino & Toi '07, Maculan, Veneto; Vermentino "Costamolino" '07, Argiolas, Sardegna
Bubbles - Blanc de Blanc NV, Paul Louis, France; Prosecco NV, Zardetto, Veneto
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you the entire food and wine menu. And if you've been there already, let me know what you think.
Vesta - 21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue