Daily Slice: Hangover Brunch Pizza from Vesta, Astoria, Queens

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The wife (aka "Girl Slice") and I go to Vesta for dinner maybe every 3 weeks to a month—it's just a bit north of our general price range; individual dishes there are affordable but end up adding up when you start adding in sides and apps and drinks. But I digress.

Tired of the breakfast and brunch options immediately near our home, we decided to try Vesta on a recent Sunday. I ordered the Hangover Pizza, topped with potato, pancetta, sausage, fried eggs, and a spicy tomato sauce.

While I love Vesta's nonpizza dishes, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of the pies there. They're very cracker-crusty. No chew, all crunch. It's fine for what it is, and I'm a fan of very crisp pizza, but here it's maybe a touch too dry. It's all very tasty to be sure, and the toppings are top-notch, but after a few slices, I've found that I keep needing more water or beer or wine — something to mitigate the arid crust.

It's probably best to share this pizza if you're interested in it. Girl Slice is a fairweather pizza-eater and warned me that she wasn't in a pizza mood that day, so I had to tackle this thing alone. If kept to one or two slices a person, though, as a shared brunch dish, you'd probably be golden.

Can I reiterate, though, that Vesta is one of our favorites in the neighborhood for non-pizza items? The food is great and the service is friendly. It's in our regular rotation when we want a dinner in the neighborhood that's nicer (if a bit pricier) than MOR Thai. It's basically our "Date Night" place when we don't want to go into Manhattan.

Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11102 (at 21st Street; map)
718-545-5550; vestavino.com

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