Pistilli Realty Astoria Spotlight: Tu Casa 30-10 Steinway Street
When we have people around or host a party at our office, we love to serve empanadas: beef, chicken and cheese. But when our guests ask if we slaved over a stove or ordered them we have to be honest. Our empanadas come from Tu Casa at 30-10 Steinway Street, just around the corner from 30th Ave. • Recently we spoke to Rodolfo, Tu Casa’s manager. He has worked in the restaurant business in New York City for over 20 years. • “We are unique,” Rodolfo says. “We are the only Latino restaurant around this area. And not only Latino – but quality. The majority of people in the neighborhood are European – and the majority of the restaurants are French and Greek.”
Rodolfo continues, “So I like to invite people who haven’t been here – to introduce them to what good Latino food is all about.” • While Tu Casa’s owner us of Dominican and Honduran descent, the chef happens to be Peruvian – and three quarters of the menu is Peruvian. • When asked which menu item is the most popular, Rodolfo says “Lomo saltado and also pollo saltado” • The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday nights, though they are open at lunchtime and have regulars who come every day. During the work week, Tu Casa also has a happy hour in the evening.