1999-10-06 / Restaurant of the Week

Something’s Always Cooking At Eleni’s

Restaurant

Of The Week

By Teresa Barile

All hail the grand re-opening of Eleni’s Grill and Pizzeria, located next to the municipal parking lot on Astoria Boulevard and 28th Street. For two years, Max Morinello has owned this bustling cafe which has recently undergone an extensive renovation. The result is a new and expanded menu that features fresh cooked food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Open from 6 a.m., Eleni’s offers delicious breakfast specials, including farm fresh eggs and omelettes, served with ham or bacon, a stack of buttermilk pancakes or golden French toast with sweet syrup. Whatever your choice, Eleni’s will serve you quickly and courteously so you can be on your way. An assortment of bagels and rolls are also on hand, and whether you eat in or take breakfast to go, a quick stop at Eleni’s is a good way to start any day.

Lunchtime offers a host of specialty sandwiches such as the "sicilian." This sandwich is an offer you can’t refuse, piled high with prosciutto, sopressata, salami, provolone, mozzarella and tomatoes, on a hero. More traditional sandwiches such as chicken or tuna salad are also quite popular. You must, however, try one of Max’s homemade soups of the day. His pasta e fagioli was as good as my grandmother’s, and so are the other choices, including lentil, cream of turkey, minestrone, and lobster bisque.

Part of the renovations included the addition of pizza ovens, so Eleni’s now proudly serves homemade pizza with all your favorite toppings. One that I recommend is the "veggie delite" pizza. This thick-crusted Sicilian pie is piled with fresh cuts of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and tomatoes and no cheese, ideal for those trying to watch their fat intake. While the crust is thick, it actually tastes light and crispy, not heavy. Pies come in small or large sizes and can be delivered quickly to home or office.

Eleni’s charcoal grill cooks up delicious, juicy hamburgers with all the toppings, turkey burgers and the new vegetarian garden burgers. One of my favorite lunches at Eleni’s is the chicken kebob or souvlaki sandwich. Tender cubes of meat are skewered and grilled, then stuffed into soft pita bread along with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce ($3.95). You can also have your kebob, souvlaki or gyro on a plate, served with Greek salad, fries or brown rice and pita for just $7.50. For a lighter lunch, try a cool, crispy salad such as a garden salad or caesar salad topped with strips of grilled chicken breast. Hot hero sandwiches such as sausage and peppers, Philly steak or potatoes and eggs round out the lunch menu.

It doesn’t end there. Eleni’s also offers a nice selection of dinner items to eat in at one of the cafe tables or counters or take home. We feasted on Max’s own gnocchi alla vodka with bits of ham in the zesty sauce. Other pasta dishes such as rigatoni primavera or spaghetti with white or red clam sauce are great choices. From the grill we enjoyed delicious, tender pork chops, finished with a butter and lemon sauce. The accompanying sauteed spinach made this meal a bargain at only $9.50.

We finished our meal with steaming cups of cappuccino and espresso, rich with flavor. Call Eleni’s Grill and Pizzeria for your next business or private party, as they do professional catering at very reasonable prices. Call every day for your breakfast, lunch or dinner orders to go. Come see why there’s always something cooking at Eleni’s Grill and Pizzeria. Check their ad for daily specials.

Eleni’s Grill and Pizzeria

28-21 Astoria Blvd.

Astoria

(718) 932-0778 (Fax: 278-8385)

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