2006-12-06 / Restaurant of the Week

Gazette RESTAURANT Of The WEEK

Gaudio's Pizzeria & Restaurant Celebrates 48 Years
by Teresa Barile

Gaudio's Pizzeria & Restaurant Celebrates 48 Years
Gaudio's opened in 1958, the dream of Italian immigrant Luigi Gaudio, by all accounts, a great man, who, sadly, passed away nearly three years ago. Today, his son Dominic, known to everyone as Nick, continues to serve the Astoria community

with fine pizza and hot Italian dishes

seven days a week. Gaudio's serves hundreds of lunches and dinners to busy people on the go, yet is also a full service restaurant with delicious hot entrees to eat in or take out. They do impressive catering too, so keep them in mind for your holiday parties.

The front of the restaurant houses the pizzeria, where people stop in from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for delicious, crisp pizza with all favorite toppings. Try "grandma's pizza", which contains fresh mozzarella and a smattering of fresh tomatoes on a thin, crisp, square crust. Round Neapolitan pies topped with sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni and vegetables are the most popular. Sicilian pies are also available as well as pizza Bianca, calzones stuffed with creamy ricotta and sausage rolls. Hot heros are made to order with juicy sausage and peppers, meatballs parmigiana, grilled chicken, eggplant parmigiana and chicken cutlets. Steak and onions, shrimp and fried fillet of sole also make for delicious, satisfying sandwiches for lunch or dinner, ranging from $4.95 to $7.95.

Gaudio's Pizzeria and Restaurant 40-13 30th Avenue, Astoria 718.721.2882  www.gaudiospizza.com Gaudio's Pizzeria and Restaurant 40-13 30th Avenue, Astoria 718.721.2882  www.gaudiospizza.com Dinnertime is a great time to visit Gaudio's where you can dine at one of the 14 clean and comfortable tables just behind the pizza kitchen. Marie Savino, the cheerful server, will make you feel at home. Enjoy a glass of wine and sample some of the tempting

appetize r s

o n t h e menu. Y o u c a n o r d e r c l a m s oreganata with seasoned bread crumbs or clams casino topped with crisp bacon ($7.95), and soak up the garlicky juices with Nick's steaming hot bread sticks, served straight out of the oven. Mussels are also prepared in a delicious sauce meant to be soaked up with warm bread. Crisp, golden mozzarella sticks, stuffed mushrooms and crisp rings of calamari are also popular appetizers. Try a cold antipasto platter for two or Gaudio's special salad, crunchy lettuce, tomato and cucumber tossed with fresh cuts of prosciutto, salami, roasted red peppers, green olives and provolone- plenty for you to share with your dining companion. A steaming hot bowl of home-style minestrone, pasta e fagioli or tortellini in brodo will hit the spot.

Gaudio's hot entrees are available for lunch or dinner, to eat in or for delivery to home or office. Of course, there are plenty of pasta dishes starting at just $6.95, such as linguini with broccoli, garlic and oil, spaghetti carbonara with a touch of bacon and onion, and spaghetti with meatballs, sausage or clam sauce. Next time I'll try the gnocchi with either pesto sauce or tomato and basil. Baked pasta dishes such as manicotti, ziti and lasagna will save you hours of cooking time and taste as good as grandma's.

Gaudio's features lots of meat, chicken and seafood dishes and proudly announces that their provisions all come from local suppliers. The highest quality

ingredients are at their

peak of freshness, and nothing

is left over. One of my

favorite dishes at Gaudio's is the chicken francese. The chicken cutlets are so tender you don't even need a knife and the lemon sauce is just right. Veal scaloppini, marsala or piccata style with lemon and capers is also tender and prepared right on the spot for maximum flavor and tenderness. Fresh shrimp can be ordered in a spicy tomato sauce, francese style, oreganata, or scampi style in butter and lemon sauce, all at reasonable prices. Meat lovers will enjoy a broiled shell steak or boneless club steak. All meat, chicken and seafood entrees are served with a choice of pasta, salad or French fries as a side order.

Gaudio's Pizzeria and Restaurant also has an extensive catering menu with full and half trays of all their specialties to make your next affair a success, without any of the fuss. Order party-sized appetizer trays, pasta or any of their hot entrees and salad and leave the rest to the staff at Gaudio's. Keep Gaudio's in mind when you're planning your holiday party at home or work. Everything will be delivered hot and fresh.

Visit Gaudio's Pizzeria and Restaurant, located on 30th Avenue just off the corner of Steinway Street. Construction of residential apartments above the restaurant has ended and the scaffolding has been taken away, leaving Gaudio's as the outstanding neighborhood eatery it's always been. Gaudio's is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. If you can't stop in, call in your order for fast, free delivery in the area. The Gazette congratulates Gaudio's on their 48th year in business in Astoria. Check out their new web site, www.gaudiospizza.com.

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