Pizza & Restaurant
137-65 Queens Boulevard, Briarwood
Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; closes at midnight on Friday
All major cards accepted.
like kings and queen7 at the Alba Pizza & Restaurant, where portions are
big and prices are affordable.
family-run restaurant, the establishment is segmented to include an informal
pizza shop in front and a cozy restaurant in the back of the 5,000 square
Giacomo Virdone, who said he “loves people,” formerly owned a pizza
parlor next door, and after 22 years in the business, decided to expand into
a full restaurant. Virdone
greets, chats with, and knows his customers very well.
to Virdone, many of the restaurant’s customers include
prosecutors and other staff from the District Attorney’s Office,
since the Queens courthouses are just a few blocks away.
warm and professional server, Virdone’s daughter Mary Grace (who offers a
helping hand from time to time) brought out for starters the fresh garden
salad ($3.50) with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and
green olives. It is highly
recommended with a zesty, homemade salad dressing, and the fresh garlic
bread — made on the premises — is out of this world.
favorite dishes like the healthy Chicken Alba ($13.95), grilled chicken with
artichoke, mushrooms, proscuitto, garlic, and white wine sauce.
The proscuitto adds just the right amount of saltiness to balance out
the dish. The Angel Hair Sinatra ($10.95), pasta with clams and shrimp with
a garlic cream and a touch of tomato sauce, is heavenly.
End the meal with a delightful cannoli ($2.50) that has an extra
crispy outer shell and rich filling.
does hold private parties and Virdone said he has larger visions for the
young business, including having regular entertainment and dance nights each
week. Be on the lookout for an
additional eating haven right
next door, where Virdone’s old pizza shop once stood.
Virdone’s son, Sebastian, is opening up an Italian bakery and café
— a place that, if anything like his dad’s, should not be missed.