There is a lovely little restaurant in our neighborhood, called Vesta.  Their menu is “inspired by Italy”, and that inspiration yields real deliciousness.  I was there recently for Superbowl Sunday, and it turned out to be a great place to watch the game.

The special menu looked very tasty – meatballs, pizzas, sandwiches.   I asked Joe, one of the owners, about where they source their meats, because my goal this year is to eat meat that is pastured and sustainably/humanely raised and avoid CAFO or factory farmed meat.  It’s a real challenge – suffice it to say, I’ve eaten a lot of meatless meals when I’ve gone out.

Joe was so accommodating in telling me the details of their meat sources – and I’m happy to say, it’s good sourcing!  I ended up choosing the thin-thin pizza with Long Island duck, wild mushrooms, and goat cheese.  It was delicious.  One of the wines we had was also really interesting – it was an Italian white wine, whose grapes were recently rescued from the brink of extinction, and made into this lovely, minerally wine.  Talk about sustainability.

If you’re in Astoria, it’s worth a visit.


Vesta Trattoria and Wine Bar
21-02 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102
tel. 718-545-5550

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