Restaurant Of The Week
By Teresa Barile
Buon Appetit Deli Offers Heroes In Heroic Sizes
Home of the specialty sandwich, Buon Appetit features some 70 varieties of handmade sandwiches and the list keeps growing. Bring a huge appetite when your order one of their colossal heroes, skillfully constructed by Mariano, the "sandwich meister." In keeping with the times, some new heroes have been added, namely the "Is That Your Final Answer" hero, named for the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" television quiz show. This hefty sandwich combines chicken cutlets, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, arugula, fresh mozzarella, black olives, cherry peppers, tomatoes and red onion and doesn’t cost anywhere near $1 million. In fact, these incredibly delicious sandwiches cost only $5. My new favorite hero is "The soprano," also named for a TV show, which piles tasty grilled Portobello mushrooms, arugula, smoked mozzarella and chicken atop crusty Italian bread. There’s even a "Sammy the Bull" hero but I can’t discuss the ingredients with you or else.
The "E.R." hero will save your life with its vegetarian ingredients, featuring grilled eggplant, mushrooms, hot peppers and artichokes. The "Titanic" Hero will sink into your tastebuds with delicious smoked turkey on garlic bread, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing.
For the past 16 years, owner John Morana, his crew and chef Giuseppe have been serving the Queens community, drawing steady clientele from La Guardia airport, TWA, United Airlines, Rikers Island, Con Edison, Citibank and the New York City Fire Department. Morana’s homestyle approach to food pays off to his customers in ways that will make your mouth water
In addition to their famous heroes, Buon Appetit also makes a daily array of hot entrees to take home for lunch or dinner. I highly recommend their homemade rice balls, prepared Sicilian style with ground beef and peas in the center and crispy golden on the outside Buon Appetit also makes a wonderful roasted pork, for hot plates or for layering into sandwiches. One faithful customer named Rosie comes in four times a week for the delicious hot dishes such as veal rollatini, linguine with white clam sauce or fresh, sautéed broccoli rabe. In fact, she had all of those dishes packed up for about $12. They’re still warm from the kitchen. She won’t even have to reheat them.
With an extensive catering menu, featured in this week’s paper, it is no wonder so many families and businesses have chosen Buon Appetit to cater their luncheons, dinners and private events, Morana can do anything from a simple buffet to a complete, soup-to-nuts, sit-down dinner for hundreds. Buon Appetit has been named among Queens’ most successful caterers, customizing menus to suit event need. Remember them for upcoming communions, confirmations or graduation parties for time to enjoy guests while Morana and his staff do all the cooking and serving. Call Morana for more details and a complete catering menu. The prices are very reasonable and the food is so delicious that even the fussiest guest will enjoy it.
For world class sandwiches, hot entrees, Italian specialties and superb catering, visit Buon Appetit on Ditmars Boulevard between 36th and 37th Streets. See their catering menu in this week’s Gazette.
36-12 Ditmars Blvd.