Welcome to a new Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spot: Tuscan Hills, 115-20 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills.
The Deal: Forest Hills restaurant Tuscan Hills specializes in not just Italian cuisine but Tuscan cuisine. Throughout the space are small stories about the birth of the restaurant. For example, when the owners took on a renovation here they didn’t know they’d find a beautiful brick wall hidden behind layers of sheetrock. Also look for the horseshoe which has brought the owners good luck.
The Dish: Since opening, the most popular dish on the menu has been the Caciucco alla livornese, a variation on a traditional Tuscan fish stew in a tomato sauce. Where a traditional fish stew is served with a few pieces of bread, at Tuscan Hills the stew is baked under pizza dough. The restaurant features Tuscan red and white wines that pair well with the dish, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano as the white and the light red Rosso di Montalcino.
The Caciucco alla livornese is served on the dinner menu.