Enjoy Fixed Price
Eats At Orlandos
By Luann and Margaret Ann/ email@example.com
The Foodies are always
in the mood for Italian, so this week we ventured beyond the
doors of Orlandos in Commack. We found a comfortable
dining experience matched by an appealing fixed price menu
that made for a nice Wednesday night out.
This month marks 10 years that Orlandos has brought
its take on Italian to Commack Road with a kitchen staff that
has been with the restaurant since its early days. Brothers
Jack and Manny, who have 25 years in the business, own the
place, and on the night we were there, Jack was bopping about
the dining room with a smile, mingling with patrons.
What makes Orlandos different is the fixed price menu,
offered seven days a week, that attracted both small parties
of two and larger parties of six on our most recent visit.
For $20 a person Sunday through Thursday, $20.95 per person
on Fridays and $22.95 per person on Saturdays, patrons can
enjoy an appetizer, main course, coffee and dessert. Large
groups can also opt to dine family style, where dishes come
portioned to serve two-three people each.
When you walk into the restaurant you are brought to a large
dining room with about 12 tables with plenty of room. Tablecloths
and fresh pink carnations adorn the tables, topped with napkins
folded in the shape of a fan. The décor is simple,
with neutral colored walls that are lined with white molding.
A center chandelier provides most of the light.
On our last visit we enjoyed appetizers of melanzana napolitana,
rolled eggplant with creamy ricotta, tomato and mozzarella,
and a refreshing and crisp spinach salad. This time, we started
with one of the specials, a flavorful Bolognese meat sauce
over penne pasta. Creamy, but light, the sauce was flavorful
but not overwhelming and came plentiful in ground meat that
held its own taste against the Bolognese.
Clams casino topped with a square of bacon was notable for
its sauce, a good olive oil substitute for those who like
a little something to dip their bread in.
For our entrees, we were torn between the three specials -
duck, veal chop, and tilapia but when Jack told us
the duck was one of the more popular choices, we knew we had
to try it. A generous portion of Long Island duck, the dish
comes topped with apples and drizzled in a sweet raspberry
sauce. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the
meat was so tender we needed only a fork to pull it apart.
Each crispy bit exploded with flavor.
The chicken cutlets in the pollo sorrentino with prosciutto,
eggplant and mozzarella cheese were of good quality, and came
in a zesty combination of marinara sauce with a touch of brown
Bringing a classy touch to the restaurant, a variety of desserts
are wheeled out to you on a serving tray. After you make your
selection, the cakes are cut in front of you and placed before
you. Last time we went to Orlandos we loved the flan,
dripping in a thin caramel sauce. Expanding our sweets horizon,
we tried the chocolate mousse cake and the tiramisu, a classic
With its familiar faces and attractive price fixed menu, Orlandos
provides for a nice night out with good food at a good price.
Its also a good place for parties and showers, featuring
a private room. Be sure to watch for it as your drive down
Commack Road it comes up quick!
285 Commack Road, Commack
Atmosphere: Family friendly, comfortable,
Hours: Mon-Thurs noon-
2:30, 5-9:30 p.m.
Fri. noon-2:30 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.
Saturday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.-9:30 p.m.