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Piccolo, Huntington. Disappointing (Longish)

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Piccolo, Huntington. Disappointing (Longish)

Linda B. | Oct 9, 2003 03:13 PM

I had a craving for good Italian food, and was willing to splurge, so we went to Piccolo; hadn't been for a few years. There were only a few traditional Italian dishes on the menu, and I'm not eating pasta these days (lo-carb diet), so I ordered a Shrimp dish described as shrimp sauteed with baby artichokes in garlic and white wine. Sounded good. Husband ordered a Chilean Sea Bass special with Saffron sauce. Fortunately he asked for the sauce on the side. We split a Caesar Salad. The salad was mediocre as Caesar salads go, no anchovies, very lightly dressed, etc. The Saffron sauce for the Sea Bass was very sweet and would have overwhelmed the fish if served with it. The fish was reported to be well prepared, as were the accompaniments, but the sauce was "off" for the dish. As for my dish,I was served four large shrimp covered by cross section slices of rather large aged artichokes (I could tell by the woody stems). That wasn't so bad, but the shrimp tasted overwhelmingly of iodine. We have come to call these "texas shrimp". I don't remember how they came to be dubbed that, it could be that shrimp raised or caught in Texas have a heavy Iodine flavor. The dish was nothing like the description. I should have complained and ordered something else, but I have rarely done that, or even thought of doing it until I am on the way home and it's obviously too late. This restaurant is rated as one of the best in Suffolk County. I should have chosen a neighborhood 'red sauce' Italian restaurant to fulfill my craving for half the money!

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