DiWine: Romantic Artisanal Cuisine For The Foodies In Love
It’s no secret that Queens is filled with unbelievable restaurants from every part of the world. We’ve found just about everything in this friendly neighborhood, yet we had no idea we’d ever come across a spot as cozy and utterly romantic as DiWine. For a while now we’ve been touring the streets of Astoria, finding eateries that tickle our tastebuds and spark our interest. There have been some wonderful finds, especially in the realm of Asian cuisine. When it comes to Italian-inspired dining, however, its difficult for a foodie to be amazed – or so we thought.
The first thing that crossed our minds when entering this elegant eatery was that it is almost impossible not to fall in love in a place like this.
The peaceful yet sensual ambiance of the restaurant was more enchanting than we ever expected – think tropical Cabana in the streets of Venezia. We were seated inside a lovely private booth separated by white linen curtains and warm lamp lights. Wood, natural hues and soft golden tones made up the design aesthetic of the charming hotspot.
While DiWine is not necessarily considered an Italian restaurant – rather an artisanal food haven inspired by European cuisine – many of the dishes we decided to try had a strong Mediterranean influence. After all, deep, creamy garlic-infused flavors happen to be our favorite.
First came a glass of Cabernet – our go-to.
Then followed a gorgeous selection of seafood appetizers, including Tuna Tartare, Scottish Crab Cakes and Diver Scallops.
If you know our palate by now, you know there is truly nothing we’d rather be eating – the Chef read us well.
The scallops were golden and beautifully tender. Bathed with a truffle vinaigrette and sprinkled with crispy bacon, they were a seafood lover’s dream. The crab cakes – which we tend to order at every restaurant we visit – were all our garlic dreams come true. Served with a fresh cucumber fennel slaw, the dish itself offered a perfect balance of light and full flavors.
To be honest, we wish we were eating them right now.
The tuna, while delightful as always, was our least favorite of the two – though to be fair, it’s hard to overshadow a good crab cake.
The star of the night was by far the Lobster-Leek Pizza.
The dough was warm, soft and somehow also crispy – like all authentic Italian dough should be. Fresh chunks of lobster were generously placed atop a bed of sherry cream, asparagus, cooked corn and Manchego.
There is nothing like creamy chunks of Manchego cheese melting into your mouth as you take a bite of buttery rich lobster and freshly baked break. The leeks added the soft, earthy balance the full-flavors of the dish needed while the corn added a fun, juicy element of surprise.
We couldn’t have been more pleased – or full – by the end of the evening.
For an intimate, delicious date night with your other-foodie-half, there is no better place than DiWine.