Pizza, Pasta And More At Spuntino
By Luann & Lou/ email@example.com
Dont let the massive amounts of pizza
boxes you see when you first walk into Spuntino fool you
theres more to this restaurant than just good pizza.
Dix Hills Spuntino will celebrate its third year in
business next month, under partners Joe Serrano and Ben Lomanto.
The restaurant boasts an extensive menu of appetizers, heros,
salads, pasta, and chicken, fish and veal dishes, as well
as calzones and brick oven pizza, with a regular or ultra-thin
We started with a tasty dish of Calamari Arrabiate ($10.95),
battered and fried tender calamari tossed with roasted peppers
and cherry peppers in a Fra Diavolo-style plum tomato sauce
that is tangy with a slight kick.
A hot antipasto special ($11.95) comes with the works. The
eggplant in the Eggplant Rollatini Parmigiana (a la carte,
two for $7.25) is cooked just right, stuffed with creamy ricotta.
Baked Clams Oreganata (6 for $7.75) is served with whole,
baked little neck clams that are plump and tasty. Fried Zucchini
Sticks ($5.95) are thick and crispy alongside Shrimp Oreganata
and mushrooms with a seafood stuffing of crabcake-like consistency.
The two stars of the evening were the Chicken Contadina ($16.95)
and the penne Casalinga ($12.25). In the Contadina, chicken
breast is topped with prosciutto and mozzarella in a white
wine butter sauce with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts
and thinly sliced mushrooms with side of pasta or salad. The
prosciutto is thick, almost like honey baked ham, and delicious.
The Casalinga ($12.25) is served with your choice of pasta
topped with sliced sausage sautéed with broccoli rabe,
sundried tomatoes, olives, roasted garlic and olive oil. The
olives add a welcome Mediterranean flair to the dish, and
our penne was perfectly al dente.
The Shrimp Spuntino special ($19.95) could almost be described
as a unique and flavorful combination of parmigiana and francese.
Pan-seared breaded shrimp is topped with melted mozzarella
cheese and simmered in a lemony white wine garlic scampi sauce
with grape tomatoes, halved and roasted, with cooked baby
spinach and a side of pasta or salad.
Though desserts are not made in-house, theyre worth
a try. We arent lovers of tiramisu in general, but Spuntinos
was very good: spongey, fluffy and not overpowered or saturated
by espresso ($5.95). The cannoli ($3.95) is also a great way
to end the meal, filled with fresh cream with chocolate chips.
Pasta night on Mondays and Tuesdays is a great deal
$10.95 gets you a choice of pasta, salad, cannoli and coffee
or tea. And with over 30 pasta dishes to choose from, the
possibilities seem endless.
687 Old Country Road
Pathmark shopping center
Atmosphere: Bright, friendly, family-oriented
Cuisine: Italian, brick oven pizza
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. 10 p.m.;
Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. 11 p.m.