Primo Piatto Shows
Off Sicilian Roots
By The Foodies./ email@example.com
Tracing owner Fabrizio Costellis
family roots to Sicily reveals a long history of restaurateurs.
His relatives arrived in the United States in 1957, opening
a pizzeria in Brooklyn before reaching Long Island in the
1970s. With Fabrizio and his children, Ariana and Francesco,
at the helm, the family tradition continues.
Costelli said Primo Piattos menu focuses on Italian
favorites from all corners of the country with a focus on
traditional Sicilian offerings, marked by diverse cultural
origins and plenty of fresh fish.
We try to go retro because a lot of the new Italian
restaurants forgot who they are, he said. So were
going back to what the roots are. Spaghetti and meatballs
most places dont even have them. They try to
be too avant-garde.
During our Friday night visit, we were greeted with a basket
of fresh garlic knots. After we settled in, Fabrizio brought
out Calamari Fritti ($11), a bountiful plate filled with tender,
golden-fried calamari and zesty marinara dipping sauce perfect
for sharing. The Bruschette ($6) was a winner, too, topped
either in the traditional fashion with onions and tomato or
sweeter and smokier with eggplant caponata.
The pasta menu ranges from lasagna to gnocchi, penne and rigatoni
and many in between, and most of the pasta is made fresh at
the restaurant, Fabrizio said. We checked out the Orecciette
alla Barese ($13), a harmonious, light combination of sweet
sausage and broccoli rabe tossed with grape tomatoes and red
pepper flakes. Add $2 for whole-wheat pasta or $4 for gluten-free
Primo Piattos kitchen handles veal deftly, and it shows
in a traditional favorite. Saltimbocca ($21) is a flavorful,
vibrant dish that combines mild, fresh mozzarella, a slightly
sweet marsala wine sauce and the saltiness of prosciutto to
bring out the best points of each. The tender veal creation
is served over a bed of spinach. Traditional favorites, like
parmigiana dishes ($16-$19) and Shrimp Scampi ($21) are always
enticing, and Fabrizios signature dish a chicken
breast stuffed with fresh, sliced Roma tomatoes and fresh
mozzarella presented in a balsamic reduction ($16) is another
popular choice. Pizettes 10-inch personal pies
are available and range from $8.50 to $13.
If youve managed to pace yourself successfully
and we hope you did! make sure to grab a slice of their
homemade cheesecake because it is outrageously good. Firm,
moist, creamy and with perfectly balanced sweetness, its
a must-have on your first visit. Follow that up with homemade
cannoli on subsequent visits and youll always leave
Primo Piatto a happy camper.
138 East Main St., Huntington
Cuisine: Continental Italian with Sicilian emphasis
Atmosphere: Warm and welcoming, with Tuscan flair
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11
p.m.; Sun. 3-10 p.m.