Back in June, I found out about a new Italian restaurant, Testaccio, opening soon in Long Island City. I walked by it last week, and it's definitely still in progress. I had a chance to chat with the chef at the Taste of LIC and he mentioned that they'll be opening in early August (that's in less than 3 weeks).
I think the future for Testaccio is promising, as it will offer lighter, Northern Italian fare, directly competing with its Italian neighbor, Bella Via. Bella offers more of a traditional red sauce cuisine, which is also delicious but caters to different tastes.
We'll see what surfaces with Testaccio but in the meantime, I'll keep a close eye on it.
Testaccio - 47-30 Vernon Boulevard, LIC NY 11101
7 Train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue