Queens Italian needed
there are a number of nice family-style italian places in astoria and woodside. i'd give highest marks to Nino's, which is on Steinway Street, just off 28th avenue. they do the standards very well, but also offer a number of surprises, the best of which turn up on the specials (notably the pastas, which are homemade, rustic and delicious). their fish preps are also top-of-the-line (whole specimens deftly fileted at the table).
Gables, which is at Broadway and 31st, is not italian per se--although it is run by an italian family. It's one of my favorite comfort restaurants, cozy, not super adventurous, but quite reliable for seafoods and salads. the pastas are usually good, esp. the fra diavolo and puttanesca, both of which do have bite.