The Bottom Line
- 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
- Limited hours on Sundays
- 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
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.