Late Lunch in Forest Hills

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Some of the best pies in Queens are at Nick’s Pizza in Forest Hills.  You can customize your pie with just about any topping for an extra $2.50 each.  Our favorite?  The meatball pie (above).  Here’s what we got to feed a hungry part of 6:

  • 2 Mixed green salads
  • Large meatball pie
  • Large pie half regular, half sausage and red onion

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After lunch we took a short walk down Austin Street and over to La Boulangerie to grab a coffee and pastry.

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It was too late for my favorite buttery almond croissant (they were out) so I got an iced latte and slice of Parisian flan to go.

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Nick’s Pizza
108-26 Ascan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375
CASH ONLY, no slices

La Boulangerie
109-01 72nd Rd
New York, NY 11375


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Milkflower Pizza in Astoria

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I’ve read some good things about Milkflower Wood Fired Pizza (via weheartastoria.com) so it was added to my extensive, never-ending list of restaurants to try next.  A rainy Thursday night and craving for pizza brought it to the top of the list.

What we ordered for two to share:

  • The special fig, arugula, and prosciutto salad with a balsamic reduction (the fresh figs were SO good)
  • Meatball appetizer
  • Brussels Sprout pizza (mozzarella, egg, and truffle oil)

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What we’ll try next time:

  • Homemade burrata appetizer
  • Shishito peppers with lemon aioli appetizer
  • Spicy Soppressata pizza
  • Dessert!!

We didn’t get dessert this time because we were stuffed and wanted to head to Queens Kickshaw to get some coffee.  But next time, we just might have to make some room for their gelato.

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Aside from the food, I loved the restaurant interior as well, especially the seat backs made from burlap coffee bags.

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Milkflower
34-12 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY (map)
718-204-1300
Closed Mondays

Forno Pizzeria e Trattoria in Maspeth

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I was really excited when I saw Forno Pizzeria e Trattoria in Maspeth (there’s hardly ever anything written about Maspeth!) on Eater's The Queens Heatmap back in June and on Grub Street in May.  It’s unfortunately not on the Heat Map anymore, but it’s definitely worth a try if you live in or are headed to that area of Queens.

Grub Street suggested getting the Focaccia Robiola Di Ciro, which is a thin pressed panini/pizza creation filled with a decadent cream cheesy-like filling: robiola.

Our friendly server suggested that we order half of the Foccacia Robiola with prosciutto, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Great suggestion and will definitely go for the full thing next time.

We also got the Bucatini alla Amatriciana, which I thought would be a little spicier, but still very good.

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It was too much food for two, so next time I think we’ll just get the Foccacia Robiola and a side of Vitello (baked veal meat balls).

For you Maspeth and Middle Village locals….they deliver!

11/12/13 Update: The Fettucini with mushrooms and white truffle oil is also a must-order.

Forno Pizzeria e Trattoria
52-27 69th St, Maspeth 11378
(Btwn 52nd Rd & 52nd Dr)
(718) 424-1200

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