One of the best restaurants in New York, and certainly Astoria. The food is consistently well-prepared and fresh, with a good balance of menu favourites and daily specials, including salads, sandwiches, and pasta courses. Save room for the ice cream or tiramisu. The windows are a treat for viewing out, and the atmosphere is perfectly lit and a nice change from boxed-in eating at other restaurants. Having eaten there for some time, I can honestly say the service is top notch, and I have seen them being attentive to the rudest of customers when I would have dumped the food in their laps if it were me. From what I've overheard at other tables, legitimate complaints have always been well-addressed by the staff or managers, so I'm surprised at reading other's postings. As for the Wolverinesque waiter, you can avoid him if you like - he's one of the best and it will free up his time for waiting my table instead. Thanks!
Pros: Fresh food, well-prepared, ambience, service
Cons: That it wasn't in Astoria 10 years ago.