Friday, October 23, 2009

Welcome 2 New LIC Eateries

The already tough question of "where to eat in LIC" got even tougher with the entrance of two new promising restaurants, Testaccio and El*Ay*Si. Both places are located on Vernon Blvd--actually just steps away from each other. The competition will be fierce but hopefully both places will get a piece of the proverbial pie. Here's more information about both eateries:

Testaccio Ristorante: 47-30 Vernon Blvd, LIC. 718.937.2900

Cuisine: Contemporary Roman such as thin crust stone oven pizzas, charcuterie such as prosciutto, cheeses, and fresh pastries such as mascarpone filled purses with fresh raspberries. Click here for menu.
Chef: Ivan Beacco, former Chef de Cuisine at Pepolino Restaurant and former Executive Chef at Borgo Antico
Decor: Modern, warm and non-pretentious. Atmosphere can be both romantic and social.
Opening: This Saturday, October 24th
Special Features: Stone oven pizza, fun kids menu
Price Range: Appetizers: $6-$15, Pasta: $10-$17, Pizza: $10-$14, Entrees: $16-$30, Kids Menu: $6-$10

El*Ay*Si: 47-38 Vernon Blvd, LIC. 718.389.8781

Cuisine: Comfort food such as spicy fried chicken, dijon-crusted flank steak, caramelized apples, roasted corn on the cob, etc. Final menu not yet available.
Chef: Christopher Frakes former chef at E.U. and Butcher Bay
Decor: Modern, semi-rustic (exposed brick walls, vintage mirrors)
Opening: TBD
Special Features: Chef's tastings next week - see more details on their Facebook page

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