Keeping It Simple
At Sal Ds
By The Foodies./ email@example.com
DStraight off the plane from Italy, Sal Meringolo brings back
more to the table than a case of jet lag.
Co-owner of Sal Ds in Huntington, Meringolo says on-site
research is key to enhancing the experience of a simple Italian
restaurant. Whenever he travels, he tries to incorporate at
least one dining detail he learns when abroad.
Along with business partner Frank Algeria, the duo has delivered
an authentic Italian dining experience to hungry Huntington
residents for the past 15 years. With a business strategy
of keeping it simple, Meringolo said customers
know what to expect when they walk in the door of the 208
Wall St. restaurant.
Sal Ds restaurant captures an ambiance all its own.
No matter what time of day a foodie decides to dine, the restaurant
captures a formal yet open-air feel that is both intimate
Im about food, freshness, quality and keeping
If youre consistent [with what you put
on the table], people will come back, Meringolo said.
Simple tastes oh so delicious when paired with Baked Clams
Oreganata ($9), whole clams served breaded and broiled in
a succulent lemon and white wine sauce. The appetizer will
leave you wondering what else the chefs can do with sauce.
Another popular appetizer is their Eggplant Rollatini ($9),
a family favorite Meringolo said will never be taken off the
menu, along with linguini and white clam sauce.
Another Sal Ds staple is Rigatoni Natalie, a recipe
Meringolos daughter concocted when she was a child.
The dish is made of fresh escarole, cannellini beans and crumbled
Sal Ds switches up the specials menu often, and popular
items that have appeared on the main menu include Filet of
Bronzino and Salmon Oreganata.
The Penne Bolognese ($18) is a self-proclaimed guilty
pleasure for Sals son, manager Nick Meringolo.
Made of 70 percent beef, 30 percent pork and a touch
of cream, this Italian classic is sure to make mouths
water. The Filet of Sole Francese ($20) is light and tender,
and coated with a light, runny lemon white wine sauce that
lends flavor to the fish. It is served with sautéed
Using your wifes dessert recipe for tiramisu, you cant
go wrong. Lady fingers soaked in coffee liquor, mascarpone
cheese and cream make for such a delectable pairing, you will
want to plan in advance to save room for dessert.
Sal and Nick spoiled us with a taste of refreshing Aperol,
a drink popular in Italy. Meringolo also served (an excellent,
might we say) espresso with baby amaretto cookies straight
from his favorite restaurant in Italy.
What makes the atmosphere at Sal Ds so inviting is that
the restaurant caters to customers from all walks of life.
Meringolo said that whether its kids who enjoy kicking
around a soccer ball, or if its Dan Marino throwing
a football with the staff in the parking lot, Sal Ds
attracts a diverse customer base that caters to the Italian