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D&F Italian Deli in Astoria - Deli Review

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D and F Italian Deli in Astoria

D&F Italian Deli in Astoria

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The Bottom Line

The classic striped awning on Broadway only hints at the treasures inside this unassuming haven for Italian treats. Across from the Quinn Funeral Home, D&F Deli looms immortal in Astoria for its fresh cheeses, heros, and salads. The food is matched only by its genial purveyors, who make all sandwiches to order. In the mornings Gary the owner will offer you freshly brewed coffee, even Illy espresso; in the evenings the soft crusty loaves in the window call out to be taken home for dinner.

Pros

  • Sandwiches and heros made fast and fresh to order
  • Fresh handmade cheeses and sausages at a great price
  • Phenomenal service
  • Fior di Sardegna, tart and crumbly, sheep's milk cheese
  • Rarely crowded

Cons

  • Limited hours on Sundays

Description

  • Address: D&F Italian Deli, 35-13 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, NY (35th and 36th Sts)
  • Hours: Open M-F 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Phone: 718-728-2422
  • Subway: N, W to Broadway; R, V, G to Steinway
  • Menu: Breakfast, sandwiches, fresh sausages and cheeses, bread and bagels, pastas (dry and fresh)
  • Prices: Sandwiches/heros $3-$7; frozen pastas $5-$8
  • Catering available

Guide Review - D&F Italian Deli in Astoria - Deli Review

Gary of D&F Italian Deli would likely eschew the label "gourmet," but that's what he serves, even if most of his customers are regular neighborhood Joes. This authentic little deli offers some of the freshest and tastiest food in Queens.

His fresh mozzarella humiliates Polly-O. His hand-breaded chicken cutlets are offered up in sublimely savory heros, made parmagiana or not. His homemade eggplant parmagiana is perfectly golden and never soggy, ready for an expert deli man to assemble into a sandwich work of art. Bring home prosciutto di Parma and rich creamy Fontina to warm up on -- or even better to press into -- a crusty baguette.

Even D&F's shelves are full of quality Italian foodstuffs, from the essential Barilla sauce to packages that offer no English at all (those are the best). The dried pasta selection is astounding, especially for hard-to-find shapes. (I once boggled at three sizes of ditalini and two of cavatappi.)

And on a warm, bright Saturday, you can walk into D&F and get the perfect picnic: a huge Italian hero, side salads, a cacciatorini (little cured sausage), a bottle of Manhattan Special or San Pelligrino, and biscotti to finish -- all packaged immaculately to go and all at a bargain.

Despite the gourmet fare, the prices are reasonable. Often included is friendly advice like how to properly cook the polenta. This is what's truly priceless about D&F Deli -- the smiles that make even the sweetest delicacies (like the torrone!) even sweeter.

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 5 out of 5
, Member pbauer74

The person that wrote the previous review apparently works for or is related to the owner of Sorriso's. I am not going to bash Sorriso's; however, I will say that I tried it out for one of our many catered parties and I was extremely disappointed and will never go back. With that said, I will now write a more realistic review of D&F Deli. I have been going here for 5 years and the food is incredible. The owner's prepare the foods and they do it with their hearts. You can taste it in the food. I recommend this ""deli"" (which it is much more than just a deli) to absolutely everyone I know. I have had members of my family cater their parties in long island from this deli and NO ONE was disappointed.

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