More Than Just
By Danny & Sara /email@example.com
Any restaurant that boasts 68
panini might run the risk of typecasting. While La Bottega
on Wall Street in Huntington has a lot to do with panini,
its far from the whole show.
Guiseppe and his wife Marisa Ruta opened the inaugural store,
located in Garden City South, seven years ago and have slowly
expanded his network of restaurants.
It was a small, cozy little restaurant and I think weve
duplicated that well here, said Greenlawns Joe
Quirke, co-owner of the Huntington location with his wife
Phyllis, Raymond Polito and his wife Rose, all of Greenlawn.
You hear the kitchen, the people next to you.
Everything you eat is made fresh to order, including La Bottegas
trademark oiled and seasoned on the inside paninis
Guiseppe wouldnt have it any other way, Quirke said.
Be sure to call ahead and plan accordingly to eat the
food is great and the portions are generous.
Sit-down diners at La Bottega can pick from a selection of
nine bruschette ($6 for choice of three, $10 for six), such
as Gamberi, which combines cool tomato and hot pepper with
roasted jumbo shrimp to create a lively starter.
Salad choices include the eclectic Frutta Secca ($7), which
features goat cheese, mixed greens, walnuts, goat cheese and
mixed dried fruit tossed in a peppery honey dressing in an
inventive, delicious medley of textures and flavors.
The weekly pasta specials, all created by chef Antonio Lombardo,
were about $15 when we visited. The specials included Strozzpreti
al Pesto Siciliano, a basil and extra virgin olive oil pesto
creation topped in parmigiano cheese, as well as a mushroom
and fava bean dish called Risotto al Melfitano, which had
an intoxicating aroma to it and a bold, satisfying flavor
the beans and mushrooms complemented each other well.
On the panini front, we opted for the Tonno ($7.50), a crunchy
combination of smoky, savory marinated Italian tuna with baby
arugula, salsa cocktail and fresh tomatoes on krispina that
had a light note of pepper and had us hooked from the first
bite. Check out the chicken cutlet, grilled chicken, steak,
pork and vegetarian panini, dressed in just about any combination
of goodies imaginable, each with its own unique name.
We didnt touch the promising dessert menu, but swing
by on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday for homemade cheesecake
($5.50). With its cozy surroundings and a lot more ground
to cover on the menu, our travels will likely take us there
again before too long.
9 Wall Street
Cuisine: Eclectic Italian with a knack for panini and
Atmosphere: Intimate, cozy dining
Hours: 10 a.m. 10 p.m.,
11 a.m. 7 p.m., Sunday