Posted By: Pizza Expert on March 15th, 2009
Drove all the way into Astoria, Queens to try out one of the Best Pizza spots in Astoria. Named Forno Italia, they serve Brick Oven Pizza, this place has been around forever. Forno Italia is located on 4319 Ditmars Blvd Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 267-1068. In order to judge this place fairly I must let it be known that Astoria was NO WHERE even close to where I was staying. After traffic etc, I was pretty out of it, and in order for this place to be nearly as tasty as everyone tells me it is, it would have to be without any flaws.
We had a small wait, even though it was pretty late at night, and eventually we were seated with some waitress who was well past her prime, even according to Queens standards, but still wore leather stretch pants and a high hairdo. We orderd our pie and then walked over to the oven to see what it looked like, and observe the busy pizza makers system for getting pies in an out quickly.
By the time we sat back down our pie was ready. I couldn’t wait to bite into my slice, and then I remembered I had to wait in order to take a photo. The presentation of this pie was great, but it just wasn’t a perfect taste. The sauce didn’t have much of a taste and the cheese cooled down too quickly to enjoy a hot slice. The crust was very good, that much I could say. On any ordinary day, this place could have easily been a 7 out of 8, but I had high hopes for this establishment and on this specific night, after driving over an hour to find it, just wasn’t as amazing as the hype.
Forno Italia Pizza in Astoria Queens still gets a 6 out of 8 slices. I think after I return, I will give it a 7, since as I said before, when people claim a place is the BEST, it makes an expert biased before they taste it.