Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sunshine or Rain, Il Bambino is Always Welcome

There's never a time when Il Bambino isn't a good idea - nice weather, bad weather, I love coming here and grabbing a quick, comforting panino, a glass of wine, beer, or what have you.  And that's exactly what Meg and I did the other night, after making an appearance at the Perici Art House launch party.

It was a lovely, warm night, so like moths to a flame, we charged for the outdoor garden and found a comfortable table for two.  The atmosphere was great, as everyone was in a fabulous mood (no doubt due to the finally cooperating weather) and it absolutely rubbed off on us.  Here's what we enjoyed:

Tomato Fresca - Since I haven't been here in months, I was really craving one of Bambino's legendary paninis.  At first, I was intrigued by the chicken, cream of spinach panini special but quickly changed my mind when I saw the tomato fresca with small bits of smoked bacon, aioli and asiago cheese.  I have to admit that the bacon swayed me right away and in the end, I was handsomely rewarded.  Each bite was delightful with a sweet, acidic goodness of the tomato and the smoky bite of bacon.  The binder was the melted asiago of course, and for all you grilled cheese lovers, this is a pretty snazzed up version.

Spicy Avocado Goat Cheese Crostini - Although I didn't taste this beauty, as you can see from the above picture, the colors were vibrant and gorgeous.  Meg devoured it and confirmed that it's among her favorites. They're generous with all ingredients, and at $6.50 for a sizeable portion, I'd say this is a legit steal.

Prohibition Ale
- I indulged in a cold one to wash all that salty, gooey sandwich goodness down and the Prohibition Ale caught my eye.  It had a hearty, in-your-face taste with nice bitterness and a slightly caramely finish. This liquid bread is definitely a nice complement to any panini, but especially something that's more salty rather than sweet.

Take advantage of Il Bambino's relaxing outdoor digs or feel free to sit inside, which is equally as enjoyable.

Il Bambino - 34-08 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

N/Q Train to Broadway

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