I had dinner with my parents over the weekend here. We went in with the expectations that we would be eating typical neighborhood Pizza Parlor Italian Food. We have known Carmelo and Joe, the owners of the place for many years and wanted to go to show support. They also own Dix Hills Pizza, which makes a great pie, but you really wouldn't go there for anything else.
We were quite surprised. They did a nice job with the renovation of the restaurant: there was another Italian place there that went out of business.
Pasta Fagiola and Crab cakes to start. Pasta Fagiola was more like a minestrone, given the thin stock. Goood, but not what I was expecting. Crab cakes were excellent. A unique presentation with tomato and pepper garnish.
My parents had the Lasagna, which was made in individual servings using fresh noodles. They liked it very much.
My wife had a pene a la vodka, which we won't judge since that stuff is fairly routine.
I had the Chcken Pizaolo. This, was excellent. It is the type of dish that the attention to detail of the chef comes out. The chicken was very tender, showing that it was cooked in the sauce and SLOW! Tender peppers accompanied the chicken in a flavorful sauce. My only complaint is the use of Rosemary as a garnish. Just by touching the chicken, it disturbed the wonderful flavor.
I wonder how this place is going to do. The Chef, a cousin of Carmelo and Joe, earned his chops at Panama Hatties. The quality shows. But I wonder if the place is going to be big enough once it catches on or maintain the quality or reasonable prices when it catches on.
Finally, they are so new that they don't have their Liquor license yet, so pick up a bottle of wine on your way.
I believe the shopping center that it is located in is called the Grande Place or something like it. It is located on the west side of Deer Park Avenue near Commack Road opposite the Pathmark Shopping Center.