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Dino’s Pizzeria Re-Opens After Month-Long Renovation, Bringing Modern Look and Dinner Options

View of 30-01 Broadway from corner of 30th Street and Broadway (QueensPost)

Oct. 12, 2018 Sponsored Story

Dino’s Pizzeria, an old-school pizzeria that has been located on Broadway for more than 60 years, underwent a major overhaul earlier this year and reopened in September with a contemporary look.

Bruno Carusone making a pizza pie (Dino’s Pizzeria)

Dino’s, which has been family-owned and operated since 1957, is currently run by Bruno Carusone, the grandson of the original owner.

“We aren’t new to the game; My grandmother opened this shop, my father took it over, and now I’m proud to be running the day-to-day business here,” said Carusone. “It’s a new look, but the same great taste.”

Besides changes to the facade, the Dino’s logo and letter type has been updated, and the hashtag “#whosnext” has been embroidered onto uniforms, delivery boxes and other fixtures throughout the restaurant.

The hashtag is a reference to an expression that Carusone found himself using a lot.

“It came from years of working behind the counter, serving slices and constantly saying ‘Who’s next?’ That saying stuck with me and my customers, and so with the rise of social media, we decided to hashtag it,” Carusone said.

The interior walls, ceilings, lighting and fixtures have all been updated to match a modern egg white and onyx colored theme. New wooden floorboards blend into a tile pattern by the cashier counter which is also a tribute to the past. The white floor tiles were a prominent part of the previous interior at Dino’s.

“We understand the neighborhood is changing so we wanted to change our look with it, all while paying respect to the work my family put into this location for so many years,” Carusone said.

He added that while they still serve traditional pies and slices for take out or delivery, a big focus of his business model will be to promote their extensive dine-in and dinner options. For this reason, the restaurant is now able to seat 42 customers, almost double the number of seats it previously offered.

Mussels in white wine and garlic (Dino’s Pizzeria)

The extensive dinner menu includes over 25 different pasta dishes, more than 30 panini options, 26 entrees, and over a dozen seafood meals to choose from.

Some examples include: Chicken Marsala Parmigiana Panini; Meat Tortellini with Bolognese sauce; Dino’s Special Pasta made with sauteed shrimp, sausage and broccoli in garlic and oil; and the Veal Piccata cooked with garlic and white wine, topped with lemon sauce.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.

The pizzeria sits on the corner of Broadway and 30th St. at 30-01 Broadway.

Readers can view their full menu or place an order by clicking here. Instagram users can follow Dino’s @dinos_pizzeria.

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8 Comments

Dan Freitas

Had a chicken parm hero and a shimp parm hero in house today and it was fantabulous!! Chicken was tender as lately all the chicken cutlets around has been rubbery and chewy. I’ve been going to Dino’s since 1990 when I first move to Astoria coming from the Upper East Side Manhattan.

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TIM

Good for them. Maybe Politos will follow suit. They renovated and they never seem to clean up or care about cleanliness. Best of luck to Dino on the new look!

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Veronica

Sounds delicious. Its so hard lately to find a good eatery in Astoria that has not been shut down by the health dept. With all the construction, pollution and crowds Astoria is such a dirty place.

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yourneighbor

Would probably be good if you would have mentioned an address or at least cross streets in this article.

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