Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Featured, Restaurants Jul 09, 2014 First Look at Vite Vinosteria, Astoria’s Newest Wine Bar On Monday night we checked out Vite Vinosteria on its first day open to the public—this is the new Italian wine bar that has opened up in the old Bugatti (…) Share this Scoop by Meg Cotner total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print On Monday night we checked out Vite Vinosteria on its first day open to the public—this is the new Italian wine bar that has opened up in the old Bugatti (…) by Meg Cotner Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Sneak Peek: TRU Wine Bar’s New Shareable ‘Meze’ Menu DiWine Launches New Brunch Menu in March Trattoria Ora Wine Bar Is Open on Astoria Blvd Photo credit: Vite Vinosteria On Monday night we checked out Vite Vinosteria on its first day open to the public—this is the new Italian wine bar that has opened up in the old Bugatti space on 34th Street near 31st Avenue. This is an amazing food intersection in Astoria, full of high-caliber restaurants and bars, and we think Vite more than fits in. It’s a nice, relaxed space that serves some seriously delicious food and drink. We were the first ones there and had our pick of seats. We ended up sitting in the main dining room. There’s also a raised area in the north part of the dining room. On the opposite end is a bar. We were served a glass of Grüner Veltliner, a crisp white wine that was perfect for the warm, humid evening. The producer is Paul D. So delicious. Later on I opted for an Aperol Spritz, AKA summer in a glass. It was wonderful! Just a tad bitter, very smooth, with a nice addition of orange. This means that Vite has a full liquor license. We had this thin, round bread they called foccaccia, very simple with fruity olive oil and some salt on it. And although that sounds simple and basic, it was delicious, the sum being more than its part. We loved the texture. I especially liked the salt, adding a sharpness to the grain and fat. Along with that we ordered this lovely salad made of cucumber, fennel, orange supremes, and dill, dressed with a simple olive oil-balsamic vinaigrette. This may very well have been one of our favorite dishes of the night. One of the owners, Pino, said it was his favorite salad on the menu. We also tried their Caprese Salad, made with a fresh mozzarella imported from Italy, and grape tomatoes. We saw the arancini on the menu and couldn’t resist ordering them. Who can say no to fried rice balls? Not us. These were lovely—small, delicate yet firm, and not greasy at all. They arrived sitting in a pool of a light tomato sauce. I loved the bright yellow color of the insides. Another dish that caught our eyes is the Bornie Di Sott’olii, which is a dish of lightly pickled vegetables with olive oil, served with toasted foccaccia (this time it was a thicker bread). This was another hit, and one of us even ate the pickled garlic clove (good for the blood). On the non-vegetarian side we chose a dish of fried calamari, which was quite nice. I am not a calamari fan but I liked how tender these little nuggets were. Our calamari-friendly contingent really liked them, too. We wanted dessert and found many tempting options on the menu. We opted for the popcorn mousse and the pear tarte tatin with chocolate. Both were excellent. The light texture of the mousse was amazing, along with the flavor of popcorn, and the pear tarte tatin was a wonderful combination of fruit, caramel, and chocolate. By the time our meal was over, the place was quite busy! Overall, we were impressed and look forward to our next meal there. Welcome to the neighborhood, Vite Vinosteria! Vite Vinosteria, 31-05 34th St., Astoria, New York 11106, (718) 278-8483, vitevinosteria.com, Facebook Twitter Facebook Email Print 34th Street and 31st AvenueAperol spritzarancinifoccacciapear tarte tatinpopcorn moussesaladVite Vinosteriawinewine bar About Meg Cotner Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver. Related scoops Sneak Peek: TRU Wine Bar’s New Shareable ‘Meze’ Menu DiWine Launches New Brunch Menu in March Trattoria Ora Wine Bar Is Open on Astoria Blvd 8 Comments Italiano July 11th, 2014 Excellent, delicious and authentic Italian food restaurant. We are lucky to have such a place within the heart of Astoria. I highly recommended. Ciao Reply b&m July 10th, 2014 We ate dinner here last night and the food is excellent, as is the service. They have been open a total of three days now, so there are some things they need to iron out still (credit cards not accepted, that should be any day now), but once all the usual restaurant services are up and running it’s sure to be a success. Reply Ali - YumVeggieBurger July 10th, 2014 I was intrigued until the very last photo… a wine bar with a big TV screen over the bar? that’s kind of off-putting… don’t we have enough bars with TVs in this neighborhood already? :( Reply megc July 10th, 2014 The TV was actually the source of music, which was quite nice that evening. They plan to use it to show Italian sports matches and perhaps other Italian broadcasts. It was completely unobtrusive to us when we were there, but of course, to each their own. Reply m July 9th, 2014 Its not dessert if there is no dark chocolate on the menu! sorry.. Reply megc July 10th, 2014 Ah, but the pear tarte tatin was placed in a pool of dark chocolate sauce. It was divine! Reply Stephanie July 9th, 2014 Maybe it’s the angle of the photo, but that looks like a pretty thick/hefty glass for white wine. Reply megc July 10th, 2014 It was definitely not a conventional wine glass, but it worked very well. Reply Leave a Reply to m Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.