New Take On Classics
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
For those seeking a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, look
no further than Northports Fattuscos, where an
extensive menu of pizza, pasta and panini is sure to bring
you back for seconds.
From the outside, first-time customers may see a typical pizzeria,
but owner Robert Scalza of Huntington offers more than just
Once inside Fattuscos, open for just under two years,
youre greeted by casual décor as the scent of
garlic wafts through the air. You are invited to sit down
at a table or take-out, while fresh-baked pizzas of all kinds
tempt you from the glass counter. Gourmet pizza is just part
of the establishments repertoire one of the restaurants
specials the night of our visit was a thin-crust Grandma pie
drizzled with a smooth, creamy pink vodka sauce that covered
soft plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Those who know Fattuscos best wouldnt be surprised
by vodka-sauce pizza. Scalza takes a fearless approach and
isnt afraid to venture off and try new ideas.
Our first course, Fattuscos Insalte & Zuppe,
or salad and soup, will whet your palate and leave you eager
for more. Vegetables are plentiful in the Minestrone, and
although New England Clam Chowder is not a staple of Italian
cuisine, it is creamy and authentic. Scalza said one of the
restaurants most popular dishes is the Insalta Arlecchino
($9.95) and we soon realized why. Its an arugula salad
chock full of pecans, gorgonzola cheese, and sundried tomatoes
and glazed with sweet raspberry vinaigrette.
True to restaurant tradition, Scalza serves bread to his waiting
customers. However, he does it with his own twist. Scalza
serves focaccia bread daily, whipping up a different take
on the doughy treat each night. We were served warm focaccia
topped with roasted fennel, red onion and tomato. The bread
was served alongside a moist meatball that had a hint of pepper,
complimented by a flavorful tomato sauce that even Grandma
would approve of.
Though we cant speak for Scalzas grandmother,
his aunt may give the bread two thumbs up. Scalza, who didnt
go to culinary school, first became interested in the business
after visiting his aunt in Italy.
She would just go to the market every day and buy everything
fresh, come back, cook it, and the food was excellent,
Scalza uses the same techniques, importing ingredients from
Italy. And that nights special certainly delivered just
that it was a ricotta-filled ravioli with baby spinach
and grape tomatoes basked in a light tomato sauce ($13.95).
And if youre seeking to follow your primo by secondo,
you cannot go wrong with the timeless Pollo alla Parmesan
($17.95) chicken parmesan is a classic dish that does
Though Fattuscos serves generous portions, no meal is
complete with dessert. A homemade ricotta cheesecake is the
one we tried, but theres also tiramisu, cannoli and
Mississippi Mudd. The cheesecake is moist and rich, with a
hint of lemon that sends it over the edge.
Whether its a classic slice of pizza or a unique pasta
dish, Fattuscos has something for everyone.
If they are really into food and good food and real
Italian food and excellent quality this is the place to come
to, said Scalza.
Pasta & Panini
1019 Fort Salonga Road, Northport
Cuisine: Authentic Italian
Atmosphere: Comfortable, family-friendly, casual
Hours: Sunday-Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday
11 a.m.-10 p.m.