One of the coolest things about pizzerias in Queens is ethnic hybridization. Sometimes it takes the form of outright fusion—witness the falafel slice—and sometimes a separate cuisine coexists with the pizza. The latter is the case at Tu Arepa Pizza Café a spot that sells slices side by side with such Venezuelan specialties as cachapas and arepas.
Come Yuletide, Christmas treats are available. These include hallacas ($8)—giant tamales filled with chicken, pork, and olives—and pan de jamon ($28), a rather sizable loaf of sweet bread filled with ham, olives, and raisins. Both are savory, decidely Queens alternatives to fruitcake.
For $15 you can also score a plato navideno, or Christmas plate. It consists of pernil, a hallaca, a slice of pan de jamon, and chicken and potato salad. It’s quite a feast, and the slice of warm pan de jamon is simply wonderful. On the day I stopped by they were out of the chicken and potato salad, so they substituted a green salad. To tell the truth I was glad they did.
Tu Arepa Pizza Cafe, 100-22 67th Ave., Forest Hills, 718-766-8900