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Tasty Italian in Astoria

While I build up the funds for L'Ilconctro, I want to take my girlfriend out somewhere in Astoria for tasty and somewhat inexpensive Italian. I've been to Sac's and think it's over-rated, and the Brick Cafe is alright.Need some help...

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  1. try Portobello in between Ditmars & 23rd Avenue around 45th Street, I think, not totally sure. It's in a strip mall. Nothing fancy, pizza up front, but great pasta dishes. i've never had anything but pasta, but enjoyed them all.

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    1. re: meb903

      Their lemon chicken is yummy, as are the rice balls and every pasta dish I've ever ordered.

    2. Last Stop- not even a block from L'Incontro, right at the Ditmars subway stop. Also nothing fancy, but great tasting food, huge portions (plan to take some home), and very easy on the wallet.

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      1. re: erink

        I echo that. Last Stop is wonderful and they're super nice.

      2. Brick Cafe isn't really Italian, though their food is Italian influenced. It is very good though, but not that much cheaper than L'Incontro.

        The pasta at Pasta Fina on Steinway near 30th ave is decent and very cheap, though I did have a bad experience with cleanliness there once so I haven't been back since.

        1. Try Angelos on 30th Ave on 49th Street. Don't expect much from the decor but the food is great and inexpensive. Most nights they have an accordian player, which, in itself is very entertaining. The host Angelo is very friendly and loves to chat. Def worth a visit.

          1. How about Rudar SC, the Istrian Soccer Club? They do nice gnocchi. It's Italianate...