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The crostini at Astoria's Il Bambino are bellwethers of the paninoteca's mission: concentrate big flavors into tight packages. Consider this the brighter, quirkier, more garlic-breathed cousin to the Neapolitan standby of tomato, basil, and mozzarella.
Astoria is a friendly, comfortable, and affordable place to live, but above all else, it's a place to eat. The fare probably isn't what you grew up with, but it doesn't take long to start eating like a true blue Greek/Italian/Egyptian/Serbian/Latin American/who knows what else. Seriously, the amount of ethnic food here is staggering. Go forth with a sense of adventure and you'll be richly rewarded with a polyglot dining scene growing in every direction at once.
Il Bambino, Astoria's beloved "paninoteca," is often filled with regulars lunching on the popular prosciutto panini with gorgonzola dolce and fig spread, but if you find yourself there for weekend brunch, go for the Weekend Debris ($10). Sliced Italian sausage, soft scrambled eggs, piquillo peppers and pecorino cheese are sandwiched into crusty bread and pressed to the perfection. The kicker? A healthy dose of Il Bambino's house-made chili oil, a slightly sweet and spicy concoction that adds that extra oomph.