A Surprise Italian Treat
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
If the idea of grabbing meal while shopping at the mall brings
to mind fast food, think again.
Fratelli Trattoria offers a delightful haven for shoppers
at the Tanger Outlets at the Arches shopping mall in Deer
Park. More than a place to grab a quick bite, this Italian
eatery is a destination on its own. Instead of saying, Lets
grab a bite while were shopping, you could find
yourself saying, Lets go shopping as long as were
at Fratelli Trattoria.
Fratelli Trattoria is located in a prominent corner of at
the heart of Tangers outlet center; the restaurant is
directly across from the movie theater, making it an obvious
choice for dinner and a film. For shoppers on the go, its
likewise an obvious choice representing a tastier and healthier
choice than the fast food outlets also located nearby.
The surprise is that Fratelli Trattoria is so much more.
Entering the restaurant, the pizzeria is to the right. A counter
display contains a variety of pizzas by the slice and stuffed
breads. Heroes and virtually anything from the menu are also
available. The difference is that its self-seating
guests choose their own table from whats available,
and when the weather is cooperating, can take it to the 10
or so tables located outside the restaurant. These seats are
in the middle of the action, facing the busy plaza at the
center of the mall. Often Tanger provides live music and other
entertainment, and the plaza can get quite busy. Its
a great place to enjoy the action.
If you choose a more serious dining experience, youll
turn to the left when entering the restaurant. Beyond the
hostess station is a bright, spacious, two-level dining room.
A window/service area to the kitchen gives a glimpse into
the heart of the restaurant.
The menu at Fratelli Trattoria is extensive and reflects a
serious approach to Italian cooking. Appetizers range from
$2.95 for garlic bread to $9.95 for a half-dozen baked clams
or the house specialty, mussels ala Fratellis, with
garlic- and herb-infused sauce. Make sure to save something
from the complimentary basket of house-baked bread for sopping
up the sauce.
A variety of salads are offered, our favorites being a classic
antipasto of fresh greens topped with mozzarella, provolone
cheese and Genoa salami. (8.95 small, $12.95 large), and cold
seafood salad with shrimp, scungili and calamari in a tangy
dressing ($11.95 small, $16.95 large).
The entrée selection is tremendous, and one can spend
a good length of time deciding just what to have. All are
served with choice of penne pasta, spaghetti, linguini, fettuccini,
rigatoni or farfalle with a choice of sauces, or a side salad.
Fratelli Trattoria excels with chicken dishes. The caper-flavored
Chicken Picatta ($16.95) is light and lemony. Chicken Mezzaluna
($17.95) is topped with a flavorful sauce with sun-dried tomatoes,
artichoke hearts and asparagus. A bit of grated parmesan cheese
completes the complex blend of flavors.
The pasta list is likewise extensive, and all are ably prepared
al dente. Linguini with clam sauce ($14.95) is our gold standard
for judging restaurants, and Fratelli Trattorias stands
up nicely with its whole fresh baby clams, briny taste and
hints of garlic.
Pasta ala broccoli rabe ($13.95) is likewise a favorite. Its
simple preparation was ably handled.
Service is fast and friendly at Fratelli Trattoria. And judging
by the looks of them, servers are drawn from the pool of local
college students. Weve always found ample staff on hand,
and when the place is busy the room virtually buzzes with
On to dessert. There is a selection of must-try cheesecakes
and cannoli, but we leaned toward taking an Italian Ice to
go. A stroll through the mall with the flavor of the day is
a perfect end to a meal.