thank you to the poster a few weeks ago about Acuista Trattoria (178-01 Union Turnpike, near St John's)
we finally had some business last week and could spend a few shekels on eating out (other than vietnamese cheap fast food and the likes)
We had Portobello Insalata - grilled portobello with warm roasted peppers, sun dried tomato & arugula with a ?balsamic? vinaigrette 5.95 - GREAT! and the peppers being warm was a very pleasant tasty treat & surprise.
Caesar salad 4.95- also good and nice size portion (same for above salad).
Son had linguine alfredo 6.95(he's a cream sauce freak) - I wasn't impressed - like Val Diana's much better
Hubby had the Petto Di Pollo Ripieno - Stuffed Chix breast with spinach goat cheese, sundried tomato, with a eggplant capanata and marinated cannellini white beans. 7.95 - He LOVED it - It wasn't my taste but it was very good and unusual combo too. The only complaint was that the chix was a bit dry (but still tasty) - perhaps it was double cooked. The stuffing was almost pesto like (another reason it wasn't to my taste - I love all the ingredients that go into pesto but hate the combination)
I had Vitello Alla Valdostana 9.95- Breaded veal top round stuffed with fontina cheese & proscuitto topped with lots of sauteed mushrooms with (not enuf but delic) marsala sauce and 3 roasted red potatoes - I LOVED it!!!
The bread was house made foccacia - warm from the oven served with assorted green and black olives in olive oil - we went thru 3 baskets - it was very good.
I am looking at the menu now and am ready to go back soon. The prices are very reasonable and the food and quantity was good and even great in some cases.
Warning: all the daily specials were significantly more expensive. My veal dish was 9.95, the special veal dish was 14.95 - tho it looked great and the woman sitting next to me claimed it was delish!
Pastas run from 4.95-7.95 with lots of choices in the 5.95 and 6.95 range.
Doesn't this sound tempting:
Orechiette alla pugliese- broccoli rabe, sweet Italian sausage, fresh tomato, garlic and extra virgin olive oil - only 6.95
Fettucine ala funghi with wild mushrooms: 5.95
by the way - this was our first time, we know no one there or anyone who even ever ate there (except the chowhound poster)
The pizzas looked good and they even sell by the slice. They also have mini gourmet pizzas. The place was small and packed. They offer a discount to St John's students and seem to have a loyal neighborhood following. There was a sign in the window that they were expanding and would have a party room available - couldn't see where they would expand to tho...
This place was a winner in my book!! Chow on.
Oh, I told the woman who was eating the great veal dish about La Flor and Val Diana (and chowhound of course)