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Astoria's Trattoria L'incontro Eyeing Possible Hunters Point Location

 Chef Rocco Sacramone at his restaurant Trattoria L'incontro in Astoria.
Chef Rocco Sacramone at his restaurant Trattoria L'incontro in Astoria.
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QUEENS — Acclaimed Astoria eatery Trattoria L’incontro is considering opening a second location in Long Island City.

Crain's New York reported earlier this week that the restaurant is in talks with developer TF Cornerstone to open a space in one of the company's waterfront high-rises, at 45-40 Center Blvd.

When reached by phone, Trattoria L’incontro owner and head chef Rocco Sacramone said that while nothing has been finalized, he's considering bringing his high-end Italian fare to Hunters Point.

"We're just talking. We're negotiating," he said, but added: "Most likely it will happen."

Sacramone said he's drawn to Long Island City because of its reputation as an up-and-coming spot.

"It's really the new upcoming area," he said. "I consider that the Williamsburg of Queens."

Trattoria L’incontro, which opened at 21-76 31st Ave. in Astoria in 1999, is known for its signature pasta dishes like the Mezza Luna — half moon shaped ravioli stuffed with mascarpone cheese and pesto with asparagus, brandy and walnut sauce.

Sacramone said a potential second location — which could go by a different name — would be similar in style to the Astoria spot.

"I don't know if it's going to be the same, exactly, but it would be the same concept, more or less," he said.