Menu Shines At Bel Posto
By The Foodies./ email@example.com
Live music and attentive staff is only the half of the beauty
at Bel Posto in Huntington village.
Dimmed lights and walls with wave-like blue and gold paintings,
it certainly makes for the atmosphere of an Italian restaurant
in the heart of an Italian village. But its not until
Chef Michael Ross food is served that you really think
youre in Italy.
We started off with a plate of Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh
Seasoned Ricotta and Prosciutto di Parma they have
a nice selection of different cheeses ($4 each) and meats
($5 each), most of which come from Italy. The ricotta was
so fresh, it was as though there was a farm on the other side
of those red drapes in the doorway.
Although thats a traditional starter for some Italians,
they have antipasti as well, including Calamari Fritti, which
has chick peas, lemon and tarragon aioli ($9). Every dish
is a unique take on the standard meals we have come to expect
from Italian restaurants. Other antipasti include Grilled
Octopus, with frisse, tomatoes, toasted garlic and chick pea
vinaigrette ($13), and Arancini fried risotto balls
with roasted pepper, prosciutto, mozzarella and tomato sauce
($9). There are also Braised Meatballs, with Sunday sauce
and ricotta cheese ($10).
Their salad selections include Roasted Beet Salad, with watercress,
frisse, pistachio, gorgonzola and sherry vinaigrette ($9),
Traditional Caesar Salad, with romaine, garlic croutons and
Reggiano ($9) and Buffalo mozzarella, with tomatoes, roasted
peppers, basil, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt ($13).
For a primi plate, we went for the penne, a generous
portion with prosciutto, pancetta, onions, shallots and basil
in tomato-vodka sauce ($18) the prosciutto and pancetta
really top it off for a nice taste. Other primi dishes that
caught our eye include the farfalle, with spicy sausage, chick
peas, broccoli rabe, tomato and reggiano ($18), the mushroom
ravioli, with wild mushrooms, prosciutto and sage in a madiera
sauce ($20), and the fresh ricotta gnocchi, with walnut sauce,
zucchini, red onion and goat cheese ($20).
Secondi plates are the meat of the menu. We tried
the Grilled Filet Mignon, with gorgonzola butter, demi-glace,
asparagus and potato gratin ($28). The gorgonzola butter melted
right off of the steak, while in the potato gratin, thin slices
of potato were placed one on top of the other. It was certainly
a fan favorite. Other secondi platters include Roasted Cured
Pork Loin, with braised local greens, farro and mustard sauce
($23) and Eggplant Parmesan di Modena ($19).
The wine selection takes up the entire back of the menu, featuring
specialties from Long Island, around the country and of course,
Italy. Theyre creatively featured by the bar, with rows
of bottle holders running straight up to the ceiling. On Wednesdays,
every bottle of wine is half price. There is also a prix-fixe
menu available Sunday-Friday for $33, which includes unlimited
house salad and Pinot Noir or Pino Grigio.
The menu doesnt end there. For dessert we tried the
Tiramisu Cappuccino, with lady fingers, espresso custard,
chocolate shards and whipped cream ($9). The mixture comes
in a cup, with every layer needed to satisfy the stomach.
The Olive Oil Almond Cake, with orange vanilla syrup and mascarpone
gelato ($7) was unlike anything weve ever tried before,
with droplets of olive oil delicately splashed on the plate.
Other desserts included the Chocolate Cherry Truffle Tart,
with drunken cherries and cappuccino gelato ($8). Pair that
with a coffee, dessert wine, specialty coffee or port, such
as a Nespresso Cappuccino ($4.50) and you have the perfect
ending to a delicious and authentic Italian meal.