We went to Trattoria L’Incontro for the first time last weekend, and there’s a reason it’s BOAST’s number one Italian Restaurant—it’s really really good. Before we get into the meal, we should mention that the service was superb. Our waiter knew the menu inside and out, and was able to tell us specials depending on what type of food we were most interested in. It may have been nice to see a list of all the specials, but we have a feeling it would have been longer than the actual menu, so it was fine to hear the abbreviated version. He did not write down our order and also got it right, which was impressive, and best of all, he was friendly, attentive, and came by with a smile.
Now, on to the food, which was by far the best Italian we’ve had in Astoria. We started with the Burrata (soft and fresh, wrapped in prosciutto) and Insalata D’Arugula (arugula with sliced pears, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese in raspberry balsamic vinaigrette), and both were delicious. Tasty, but not too filling, and nice to have some greens since our entrees did not include any. They even split each dish for us—a mark of very high quality service.
We had two main courses which were both specials: pasta with lobster and broccoli rabe in cherry tomato sauce finished with mint, and braised short rib over polenta. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauce had a nice flavor. Likewise, the polenta dish was flavorful and both the meat and polenta were cooked to perfection. Our only regret was leaving over the smallest bit (we were stuffed!). We had a decaf cappuccino after dinner, and even that tasted great. From start to finish, this meal was terrific, and we highly recommend going. Be advised that you should make a reservation, and the entrees are $20-40. Certainly a great place for a special occasion.
21-76 31st St.