“On a recent Saturday night Astoria was buzzing with activity. On the retail market side, customers popped in to purchase bottles of wine, tubs of mixed olives, cheeses by the pound, thin-sliced imported meats, and whatever else they needed to survive and oncoming blizzard. Over the the cafe, nearly every seat in the bar and dining room was filled with guests who chose to leave the cooking to the pros.” – Douglas Trattner