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HBO miniseries film crew spotted in Whitestone using Italian restaurant

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Photos courtesy of Devin O'Connor

Film crews were spotted in Whitestone on Friday shooting a new HBO miniseries called “Show Me a Hero.”

The crew, which arrived early in the morning, used the Italian restaurant Trattoria Neo to film a scene involving a clam bar.

“The show takes place in the 80s, so our décor must’ve just worked for a scene involving a clam bar from that time period,” said Antonetter Mirro, a manager at the restaurant on 149th Street and 15th Avenue.

The crew came in around 10 a.m. and left at 3 p.m., according to Mirro. The cast for the show includes Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, James Belushi, Terry Kinney and Michael Stahl-David.

The miniseries, which hasn’t released a premiere date yet, is based on a nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin of the same name. It tells the story of a mayor, Nick Wasicsko, who’s charged with building low-income housing in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y. The project brings to the surface class prejudices, almost shuts down the local government and ruins the mayor’s political career, according to a show synopsis.

Mirro said that the crew will not be returning to the restaurant. During the filming, she didn’t notice any of the main cast members, but she spotted LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, who is going to be in at least one episode, according to IMDb.

She also noticed one actress from “a soap opera that I used to watch many years ago.”


Business is the backbone in north Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Papa Realty

1261 150th Street, Whitestone


Papa Realty has been a part of the real estate world for more than 25 years. Their office is located in Whitestone as they serve the boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County. Their real estate professionals provide exceptional service, whether it be selling or buying a home. They also live in the areas to know the best answers to all questions regarding schools, shopping, transportation and surrounding neighborhoods.

Harpell Chemists

12-65 150th Street, Whitestone


The Harpell brothers, who loved visiting their local pharmacy, own this corner pharmacy located in Whitestone. They want to provide the help and feeling they used to get as children, as their mother shopped for medical supplies and they ran to the toy aisle. They supply a full pharmacy and medical equipment and also provide the entire local pharmacy feel with a printing, greeting cards and toy section. They try to make going to the pharmacy as easy and fun as possible, helping their clients get the best possible price on prescription drugs.

Trattoria Neo

1501 149th Street, Whitestone


This two-year-old restaurant and wine bar in the Whitestone neighborhood offers fine Italian dinning in a casual setting. This restaurant offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunches and also accommodates large private parties. Their elongated bar and numerous tables make enough room for spacious dining and caters well for their themed parties open to the public.


150-07 14th Road, Whitestone


This brick oven pizza and pasta café has an elegant yet casual restaurant feel with their warm colors, classy lighting and painted mural walls. They serve traditional Italian dishes along with Mediterranean, seafood and café snacks with an Italian flare. Their two European chefs serve small intimate dinners to large private parties and even to take out or delivery.

Durante Bros Construction Corp.

31-40 123rd Street, Flushing


The Durante Bros Construction Corp. has been part of Queens and the rest of the New York City community for 50 years. The family owned business has served their debris and recycling services since 1980. They pick up concrete, dirt, rock and brick and mixed excavation debris. Durante Bros have their general roots in contracting but also offer recycled base blend, clean dirt backfill, select structural fill, drainage stone, pipe bending sand and topsoil. They are centrally located to all five boroughs, also allowing for pick-ups and deliveries.

Queens Garden Nursery

154-10A Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone


The Whitestone based garden nursery’s slogan is “we grow everything.” They provide, care and sell all kinds of plants, shrubs and flowers. Their landscaping services help provide expert advice and ideas for all types of gardens including designs and materials for ponds and fountains. This Queens garden has everything needed to make a personal garden from the tools to the expert advice.

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing


Flushing Town Hall is a multi-arts center, located in a historic 150-year-old building on Northern Boulevard. It hosts multiple galleries on its first floor and has a gorgeous theatre for performers on the second floor. Art exhibitions are continuously flowing through the walls of this town hall. You can see a huge array of local international work by musicians, dancers and theatrical groups. The town hall also houses an education program that works with artists, schools and the general public. Flushing Town Hall is a Smithsonian affiliate as well as a member of New York City 33 Cultural Institutions Group.

F & T Group

136-20 38th Avenue, 12th Floor, Flushing


The F&T Group’s motto, “Global Vision for Local Development,” says it all. This business, which works with markets in both North America and Asia, looks to encourage economic development. The bread and butter of F&T Group is real estate development. Located at Queens Crossing, this umbrella company encompasses a number of businesses at every level including acquisition, development and operation companies.

Crystal Windows & Door Systems, Ltd. Headquarters

31-10 Whitestone Expressway, Flushing


Based in Flushing, Crystal Window & Door Systems is a local business which has grown over the past few years. The company is known for their originality in design and manufacturing and has grown to include a vast collection of products, which are energy efficient as well as eye pleasing. Now the company has offices in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to name a few, with branches in other states as well. Crystal Window & Door Systems looks to gain customer satisfaction through “consultative marketing.”

Precious Moments Nursery

1102 Clintonville Street, Flushing


Precious Moments is a nursery school and day care. The school accepts children anywhere from ages 2 months to 5 years. Precious Moments is a private school which offers free full day Universal Pre-k. As a community based organization, Precious Moments is a licensed school run by the Department of Education. The school is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This Trattoria has a ‘Neo’ take on Italian

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THE COURIER/Photo by Joanna M. Adduci

Trattoria Neo combines customary Italian dishes with a pleasant, aesthetic atmosphere making for an enjoyable, innovative dining experience. The venue is charming, to say the least, and provides a full bar and a cozy dining room lined in antique Italian pottery, finished with exquisite walls and ceiling.

Open for over two years, Trattoria Neo has redesigned its menu and incorporated music-inspired evenings and wine specials.

Greeted by the host on our arrival, we were seated in the intimate dining area, and immediately ordered from the extensive wine menu. The establishment offers a surplus of renowned wines including a delightful Sauvignon Blanc and the acclaimed “Blood of Jupiter,” a distinctive, strong-bodied Cabernet. The dinner menu is organized into various categories including salads, antipasti, first-course selections, second-course selections and a traditional dessert menu. This establishment has elevated itself over many Italian eateries through its ability to harness traditional cuisine while incorporating a modern atmosphere and innovative menu.

Antipasti include classic selections such as an Italian cold cut platter and fried calamari, as well as chef-inspired specials such as an imported buffalo mozzarella and a shaved artichoke dish served with granulated pistachios, mache and shaved Parmigiano. I tried the artichoke dish and was overwhelmed by the combination of the textured artichoke and nutty accents from the pistachio. Served over a bed of arugula, this dish is a must-try. My guest and I sampled the veal and beef meatballs — flavorful, moist and just the right amount of sauce topped with basil leaves. Finally, we had a fried rice ball – a savory assortment of flavors capped off with a saffron sauce — delicious!

Dinner platters range from homemade pastas served with classic Italian sauces, to creative dishes such as the spinach gnocchi in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce, or the ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a light, creamy black truffle sauce.

Trattoria Neo has a sincere passion for food, and an innovative outlook on reconstructing Italian classics into modern-day customer favorites. And with a genuine concern for customers’ gastronomy, they also offer gluten-free pasta.

For my main course, I sampled a filet of sole with lemon sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly, served on a bed of sautéed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes. The presentation was nothing less than impeccable. The chef completed the platter with shaved lemon rind and cherry tomatoes lining the plate — beautiful!

There are many selections for customers who don’t prefer fish, such as the Parmesan encrusted chicken served with a martini lemon sauce and the grilled 14oz Brandt sirloin steak surrounded with steak fries.

This restaurant embraces its Italian heritage while incorporating various aspects of American, French and Southwestern cuisines. Before leaving this charming Trattoria, try the homemade tiramisu or Nutella Pizza complete with an espresso.

Trattoria Neo of Whitestone provides a contemporary, yet classically-influenced menu complete with a warm, cozy dining area and full-length, beautifully-placed bar. Make sure to visit the web site for weekly specials including DJ nights, wine/price fixed dinners and pasta nights.


Trattoria Neo

15-01 149th Street

Whitestone, NY 11357



Open daily for lunch and dinner

Sunday Brunch Buffet 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday is “Pasta Day”

Dine in, take out


Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Queens

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Choosing the right restaurant for romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date can turn even Casanovas into klutzes. So for all you Queens cupids, here are some dinner deals that will be sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Aegean Cove, Astoria, Greek: The restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $49.95 per person.

Locale, Astoria, Modern Italian: This eatery’s Valentine’s Day special is a $65 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Veslo, Astoria, Croatian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $50.

Marbella Restaurant, Bayside, Spanish: Enjoy a romantic dinner and dancing in the “costa del sol” ballroom for $65 per person.

Valentino’s on the Green, Bayside, Italian: The restaurant will feature a prix-fixe menu and live entertainment for $59 per person.

Baby Ray’s, College Point, Steak/Seafood: Receive 10 percent off when you reserve a table in advance.

Il Triangolo, Corona, Italian: There will be seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the restaurant’s $60 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu.

Giardino, Douglaston, Italian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $47.00 per person.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston, BBQ/Continental: Receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with the purchase of two entrees.

danny brown Wine Bar and Kitchen, Forest Hills: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 per person.

Wafa, Forest Hills, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: Spend Valentine’s Day at Wafa and enjoy three-course prix-fixe menu for $34.95 per person.

Arturo’s Ristorante, Floral Park, Italiano: Enjoy a dinner with your loved one with three-course prix-fixe menu for $34 per person.

Deluge Restaurant, Flushing, Asian/American: Receive 10 percent off your meal with the coupon in this week’s Queens Courier.  The restaurant also features a prix-fixe menu for $59 per person.

Kati-Allo, Greek, Flushing: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $22.95 per person.

O Lavrador, Jamaica, Portuguese/Spanish: Spend Valentine’s Day dining on the food of the Iberian Peninsula with a $31 prix-fixe menu.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Kew Gardens: The eatery offers a $49 prix-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast.

Da Gianni’s Ristorante, Long Island City, Italian: Enjoy a specially created Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $35.

Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, Long Island City, Italian:  Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline while feasting on a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $85.

Testaccio Ristorante, Long Island City, Contemporary Roman: A four-course prix-fixe menu with complimentary glass of wine for $60.

Tournesol Bistro Francais, Long Island City, French: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $39 per person.

Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City: The restaurant with views of Manhattan offers two Valentine’s Day deal: An $80 prix-fix menu featuring a live pianist and a $100 prix-fixe menu which includes a champagne toast, open bar from 7-11 p.m. and live DJ.

Trattoria Neo, Whitestone, Italian: Valentine’s Day includes a complimentary glass of wine and rose to go with a $49.95 prix-fixe menu.