The Food Network show, hosted by colorful television personality, cookbook author and restaurateur Guy Fieri, follows him as he visits “classic ‘greasy spoon’ spots” around North America.
Queens Comfort owner Donnie D’Alessio, already a fan of the program, was “honored” when “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” contacted him a couple of months ago for an initial interview.
“For us to pop up in their research, it was so rewarding,” said D’Alessio.
“A lot of the food they showcase is very unique and it’s something that we pride ourselves on here,” he said about the 30th Avenue restaurant.
After making the cut, the show came to shoot at Queens Comfort for two days last week.
Though the filming took a lot of work, including shutting down the restaurant, preparing eight dishes, and remaking some of the food several times over, it was well worth it, said D’Alessio.
“I got along with him really well. He was fun to hang out with,” he said about meeting Fieri.
D’Alessio does not know when the episode featuring Queens Comfort will air yet, but no matter what exposure it may lead to, the experience is what was the most important.
“It all felt like a dream. I felt like Dorothy for two days,” he said.
Queens Comfort isn’t the only eatery in the borough “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” recently visited.