You’ve Tried The Rest, Now Try Rosa’s Pizza
By Pete & Will/
In any town there are many choices for pizza
with restaurants offering their own version of an Italian-American
staple. And if you haven’t looked lately – like
the last decade or more – here’s news. There’s
more to pizza than just plain cheese and sauce.
The Foodies could write a book about all the pizza joints
in this town, and still not get around to describing it all.
In the suburbs, you see, pizza parlors are like Manhattan
Starbucks – there’s one on practically every corner.
The difference is, every pizza place has its own distinct
personality. There are thin crusts, thick crusts and sesame-seeded
crusts. Some restaurants make their own distinctly flavored
sauces, and most, these days, go to town with the toppings
so that every pizza place has its own personality.
Pizza also inspires fierce loyalty; everyone wants to think
that his or her neighborhood pizza parlor is the best. To
review them all would take more room than we have here.
With that in mind, indulge the Foodies by allowing us to single
out Rosa’s Pizza. Sure, their pizza’s among the
best in town, but Rosa’s has an added distinction that
no other restaurant can claim – location. The restaurant
is located on the ground floor of the original Long-Islander
building at the corner of Clinton and Main Streets in Huntington.
Rosa’s occupies the prime ground-floor corner of the
1899 building where presses once churned out newspapers, and
extensively renovated the space to create an airy, open dining
room with marble counters and plenty of seating. Sidewalk
seating in the summer months, along with the restaurant’s
late-night closing time, make Rosa’s a popular spot
in the village for a late-night snack.
Pizza and heros are the staples at Rosa’s, and all day
long there’s a steady stream of customers peering into
the glass cases to see what’s topping the pizzas that
day. There’s always the standard plain slice and a Sicilian
version, and the cheeseless Margherita version with a chunky
marinara sauce is popular as a lighter alternative. But it’s
the toppings that get the attention. On any given day one
might find fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil; buffalo
chicken; grilled vegetable; ravioli or ziti pizza; spinach;
sausage and meatball. Many are so loaded with goodies they
make it into the one-slice-is-a-meal category. A unique Foodie
favorite is the salad pizza and there’s a Caesar version,
too. And if it’s not on display, just ask.
Rosa’s features a full kitchen that goes beyond traditional
Italian favorites ranging from the spaghetti plate ($5) to
spaghetti with clam sauce ($8.50), a briny homemade favorite
with chunks of clams. Penne ala Vodka ($7.50) stands with
the best of them, and Broccoli Rabe over Pasta ($8.50) is
excellent, or order a side dish of this Italian staple –
sans pasta – for $5.95.
Baked pasta dishes include Lasagna ($7), Stuffed Shells ($7.50),
Cheese Ravioli ($8), and the tummy-filling Baked Ziti with
Ricotta ($7). All are topped with Rosa’s rich, homemade
Also on the must list: Rosa’s meatballs. They’re
oversized, hand-rolled and broiled, and good enough to eat
plain. But we suggest sauce for dipping and a side of their
famous garlic knots. Finally, watch for daily specials. We’ve
had linguine with shrimp and garlic that’s out of this
313 Main Street
Atmosphere: Casual; a village gathering spot,
especially late night.
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine: Classic Italian, Pizza.
Sunday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday & Saturday
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.