Last night hundreds of hungry revelers packed The Strand for a downhome gala to announce the Best of Astoria 2014 as chosen by the readers of local blog We Heart Astoria. Free flowing booze, plenty of ’cue, and entertainment from the Haus of Mimosa a dynamic duo of divas that put the drag in Queens made for a festive evening. Among the winners were Il Bambino for Best Restaurant, Pachanga Patterson for Favorite Mexican, Rizzo’s Pizza for Favorite Pizza, and Mar’s Oyster Bar for favorite New Arrival of 2013. For a full list of winners click here.
The bloggers behind WHA: Meg Cotner, Mackenzi Farquer, and Judith Klein Rich worked the room as local luminaries like Natasha Pogrebinsky of Bear made the scene. I was happy to run into my pals Sue Yacka, Jeff Orlick, and ace C+M contributor Anne Noyes Saini.
With a bellyful of barbecue and jalapeno poppers I made my way back to Rego Park. Full as I was, I came to the realization, “It’s about time I try Rizzo’s Pizza.”
Rizzo’s is best for Sicilian/grandma-style pizza. As for best pizza overall, I dunno about that….