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However for those seeking a fine brick oven dining experience that also encompasses fine authentic regional dishes and does not entail any long term injuries on the wallet, Basil is just the place...

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The food was plentiful and delicious, and unfortunately we had to leave before the meats and pizza was served, but we did taste plenty of other things, including risottos, salad, fried calamari, and lobster ravioli, among other things...

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Jon and I were among the lucky few to be invited to the rebirth of Basil Brick Oven Pizza's menu: a night for food bloggers and critics to sample the delights that Chef Daniele Barbos of Piemonte, Italy has recently dreamed up. We love discovering new (or old) places in our Astoria neighborhood, especially if they're within walking distance, but Basil is known as a destination for diners from far and wide....

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This place did not disappoint, in fact collectively, we deemed this to be among the top of the list for pizza club. The prices are great, the service is quick and friendly and the food is sensational. Plus it's easy to get to from the N/Q trains...

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The first time I visited Basil Brick Oven Pizza, it was just beginning to burst at the seams, with folks waiting out on Astoria Boulevard to get into the cozy little pizzeria with exposed brick walls, a fiery wood-burning brick oven, and a welcoming, gregarious chef. Over time, as an unabashed creature of habit, I chose my favorites – those dishes that I simply could not envision living in Astoria without...

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The small, artisan pizzeria in Queens, New York, is gaining the attention of the NYC pizza scene, nominated for "Best New Pizza 2012" by TimeOut New York magazine and buzz in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. This summer, the 20-seat pizzeria expanded to add 50 more seats, as well as a Gelato station. A 50-seat two- level patio is still in the works. Basil boasts fresh ingredients, including mozzarella made daily. Nearly 40 artisan pizzas...

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And while I have learned that a margherita is always my favorite (the ingredients are so fresh, you really don't need much else to confuse your senses), Basil offers a mindblowing...

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If Midtown West is notoriously known as Hell's Kitchen, then Western Queens could quite easily adopt the moniker of World Kitchen. While Queens has longtime been famous for its ethnic culinary diversity, a recent boom in restaurant...

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When Basil held its grand reopening last fall, patrons enjoyed a newly expanded dining room that nearly quadrupled the original seating capacity, along with a front cafe featuring a gelato counter. But that was merely a small taste of what...

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Baked in seconds with help from the wood-fired oven, Barbos' pies are nicely charred with a nice bit of chew and not too much extra crust, most topped with the basil he grew in the backyard all summer. But his real touch is in the rest of the toppings. Barbos, who has cooked in several Italian restaurants since he moved to the U.S. six years ago, currently offers 40 different pizzas, including pear and gorgonzola or pureed pumpkin with bay leaf...

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But as a creature of habit, I usually stick to a Margherita pizza. I am a purist at heart. Here is the Reina Margherita, which uses buffalo mozzarella. Pure yet decadent. It was freaking AWESOME...

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This pizza comes with 1/4-inch thick slices of perfectly cooked, sliced white potatoes layered atop high-quality mozzarella, homemade pesto and topped with whole basil leaves. Contrary to my first thoughts, the pizza crust was strong enough to hold its hearty toppings, meaning I could enjoy the slices the way pizza should always be eaten — with my hands....

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But in the last few months little Basil Brick Oven Pizza has been making a bonafide name for itself, so much so that Time Out nominated it as one of the top 5 new pizzerias in the city..

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Their love of community reflects in how they run Basil, with a great desire to please the customer and minute attention to detail. To that end, they partnered with chef Daniele..

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The brick oven warms the dining room, along with exposed brick walls that have been carefully restored and adorned with antique mirrors. Rough hewn wood floors and sturdy tables fill the expanded dining room..

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It's no wonder that so many on-line review sites, blogs, print magazines and newspapers like the Gazette consider Basil Brick Oven Pizza to be among the best in Queens. Just visit their website and the front page tells...

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There's really nothing like having great meatballs in a delicious Italian restauarant...

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It's clear from the menu that the pizza is the star of the show, as there are 40 different options...

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To say that the space at Basil Brick doubled would be doing it injustice, as I feel it more like quadrupled...

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We received two generous helpings of antipasti, both of which were really bright in color and flavor...

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The potato-pesto lasagna, also popular at our table, offered an innovative, flavorful new take on typical meat+marinara lasagnas. (This vegetarian was particularly grateful to encounter such an excellent meatless option on the new menu.) The pesto, which I assume was made in-house (like so many of Basil's cheeses and other ingredients), was particularly fresh, light, and flavorful.

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Basil Brick Oven Pizza always felt like a larger restaurant waiting to happen. This was true when Basil opened last year as an intimate 15-seat restaurant on Astoria Blvd. with a 900-degree, wood-burning brick oven and a comprehensive menu..

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On the Basil Brick Oven Pizza menu, you'll find familiar favorites, like the Margherita and quattro formaggi, along with more characteristically northern options, such as pies topped with pesto or cream sauce. We liked the..

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Basil Brick Oven Pizza makes what some folks might call Neapolitan pizza, but pizzaiolo and co-owner Daniel Barbois, a native of Piedmont, Italy, would dispute that. The pizzas here look like their Naples-based counterparts...

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The "panini" at Basil Brick Oven Pizza lie somewhere between sandwich and engorged calzone, heftier even than the foot-long Italian heroes you'll find elsewhere in the neighborhood. But the pizza dough, rolled unevenly to achieve crisp charred edges...

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I found out that the chef, Danielle, makes his own dessert there, too. A slice of Tiramisu was offered. I couldn't turn it down. It was light and aromatic, and just the right temperature. I asked about the fragrance, but...

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Similar to a true Neapolitan pie, the wood-fired oven is kept piping between 850 and 900˚F, the ingredients are imported from Italy and the mozzarella is made fresh daily (60 pounds of it a day, to be exact). So what makes the pizza...

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With the change of seasons comes the availability of new produce ripe for harvest. Using local ingredients in-season not only guarantees freshness but also supports local farmers and reduces the waste caused by shipping ingredients from thousands of miles away...

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The area is known for its wealth of dining options, but around the Giannola buildings, restaurants and places to commune are few and far between. So Mr. Giannola and his brothers Anthony and Vito have opened two...

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But really, the main thing that keeps me here is the pizza. New York has the absolute best pizza in the world (I will entertain no arguments on this). And I'm happy to report that Astoria's Basil Brick Oven is keeping the bar high...

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Despite being a vegetarian, I was more than accommodated for as several of the beautifully prepared courses were vegetarian friendly. Furthermore, my gracious hosts were more than willing to prepare a couple of their delicious items without the original meat ingredient...

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I recently met Bradley from Amouse Bouche (who is as cute as a button). He recommended I try Basil Brick Oven in Astoria. This gave me the perfect excuse to hop on the Q train and hit up...

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Basil Brick Oven Pizza differentiates itself from other Astoria pizzerias by serving up thin, northern-Italian style pizza. Its co-owner and chef, Daniele Barbos, owned a pizza shop in Italy for several years...

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Some longtime residents say the influx has brought welcome changes. More stores and restaurants have opened, including Basil Brick Oven Pizza, Mosaic Cafe...

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