July 22, 2016 Staff Report
A popular frozen yogurt and crepe shop has recently introduced its summer menu.
Yogurt La Crepe, an eatery located at 29-02 Ditmars Blvd that offers a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes, along with frozen yogurt and breakfast items, recently added piadinas to its menu.
A piadina is an Italian flatbread, which is very popular in Rome and Northern Italy, according to shop owner Salvatore Fragale.
Fragale was introduced to piadinas while in Europe last summer.
“They were amazing,” he said. “I figured out a way to get the product here and it has been a really big hit.”
Fragale said they have been popular because they are less filling than a sandwich or hero, but are still very tasty. Piadinas are also made with sunflower oil, leaving them with 0% trans fat making them another healthy option that he is able to feature on his menu.
There are a variety of piadinas made available, including one with fresh mozzarella, imported prosciutto, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil, as well as one with sliced steak, onions, peppers, A1 sauce and American cheese.
In addition to the line of Italian flatbreads, Fragale just introduced a new crepe that packs in hickory smoked bacon and Nutella.
“It is pretty different,” he said. “We have a lot of big bacon fans who really like it.”
He also added an item called a “crepeccini,” which is a crepe sliced into pieces of fettuccine and mixed with pears, walnuts, sugar, butter and cooked similar to a hot pasta dish.
“This has been very popular as well,” he said.
The shop continues to sell frozen yogurt. Its Nutella rich items, which are made in-house, continue to be one of the eatery’s more popular flavors according to Fragale. Additionally, the shop has begun to offer bubble tea, cappuccino, espressos, smoothies, cold brewed coffee, fresh brewed iced tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
“We also wanted to give people a family friendly experience that helps us stand out from other crepe and frozen yogurt shops in the neighborhood,” Fragale noted.
In order to do this, the shop’s interior is covered in bright, welcoming colors, and also offers iPads for children to play games on while eating. He has six iPads in total.
“The children can play on the iPad and mom or dad can have a minute to enjoy their meal,” he said. “The kids are happy playing the game and the parents are happy that they can eat.”
The shop opened two years ago. Fragale, who is from Italy, said the neighborhood makes him feel at home and he believes they
have fully embraced the store since it opened.
“We have a lot of loyal customers who always come back,” he said. “I love the neighborhood.”
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Please note: Yogurt La Crepe is an advertiser with the Astoria Post.