Italian Splendor At La Scala In Commack
By Leah & Erin/
Looks can be deceiving. The entrance to La
Scala seems like every other pizza place in Huntington, but
in the back room awaits the dining delicacies of classic Italian
The Commack restaurant has been operating by the same family
for more than 30 years, and the genuine care they put into
their first restaurant (out of the five they now operate)
is the reason for its success.
Nunzio Cusumano opened the pizzeria with his wife, Milena,
and eventually passed it down to their daughter, Daniella
Daniella is the heart of the operation, pumping life into
every vein of La Scala, from the ingredients, to the specials
to the carefully selected wine list and recommended pairings,
with help from her mom.
When Daniella joined her parents business a few years ago,
she enrolled at The French Culinary Institute to become an
The menu reflects careful consideration among a large variety
of Italian dishes new and old, which are simple and exquisite.
Pizzas by the slice or by the pie and hero sandwiches were
what inspired Nunzio to open up shop, but from there it has
expanded into an Italian culinary empire.
La Scala specializes in seafood, while their other restaurants
(O Sole Mio in Stony Brook, Caffe Amici in Selden, Olio in
Commack, and Buona Sera in Smithtown) are more like Italian
bistros, Daniella said.
As soon as you sit down at your table, a basket of warm garlic
knots and bruschetta are placed before you.
The atmosphere is warm, inviting and quiet on a Wednesday
evening after the dinner rush. Parents can bring young children
where they can get a variety of child-sized (and priced accordingly)
Daniella recommended that we try any of the ‘stuffed
We tasted the Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ($9.95) and were
overly satisfied by the seafood stuffing that had very little
The Antipastos, hot or cold are great for sharing with a table
The Antipasto Freddo, ($8.95 small, $10.95 large) is a platter
of imported meats and vegetables marinated in olive oil and
The Special Hot Antipasto ($9.95 small, $16.95 large) comes
with stuffed shrimp, baked clams, stuffed mussels, stuffed
mushrooms, stuffed eggplant and stuffed peppers. The large
portion could be ordered as a delicious entrée.
The salads consist of fresh quality ingredients and chicken
or shrimp can be added for a few dollars more. The Insalata
Rustica ($7.50) is a combination of mesculine greens and fresh
raspberries sprinkled with raisins and roasted almonds, topped
with pan-fried goat cheese in a light homemade raspberry vinaigrette
Now on to the next course.
Don’t miss the Lobster Ravioli, which La Scala is known
for. Check for it on the list of specials. Or try to the Gnocchi
Bolognese ($12.95) a fresh ground hearty meat sauce with a
touch of crème, or the Pasta Purses ($14.95) stuffed
with four cheeses, sautéed in a roasted pepper sauce.
A unique concept available at La Scala is the combination
dish. When many Italian restaurants serve their entrees family
style, La Scala gives patrons many more options while creating
tasty combinations to give patrons the ability to enjoy many
of their favorite meals at once.
The combinations include: Ziti, Ravioli, Stuffed Shells and
Manicotti parmesan style ($9.75), Meatball, Ziti, Ravioli
and Manicotti parmesan style ($10.75), Veal Cutlet, Chicken
Cutlet, Meatball and Sausage parmesan style with a side of
spaghetti ($12.25) and last, Chicken Cutlet, Fried Shrimp,
Veal Cutlet and Eggplant Rollatine parmesan style with a side
of spaghetti ($12.95). Then there are your choices of Spaghetti,
Ziti, Rigatoni or Linguine noodles, combined with meatballs,
meat sauce, mushroom sauce, tomato sauce, butter, garlic and
oil, marinara sauce, sausage, shrimp sauce, or filetto di
pomodoro, all at reasonable prices.
Three different Fisherman’s Platters ranging from $19.95
to $24.95 include different varieties of scallops, calamari,
clams, lobster tails, shrimp and mussels, cooked together
in a spicy sauce that can also be made mild.
The Chicken and Shrimp Pizzaiola ($17.95) is a delicious combination
of chicken and shrimp sautéed with mushrooms, onions
and peppers in a light marinara sauce.
Other big hits are the Lobster Tail Fra Diavolo ($23.95) that
comes with one 8 oz. tail, two shrimp, two clams and four
mussels prepared in a marinara sauce that’s a bit spicy.
The Shrimp Monachina ($17.95) is a breaded shrimp with peas
and onions, topped with melted fresh mozzarella in a light
marinara sauce. The Gamberi Della Casa Shrimp ($15.95) is
sautéed with diced tomato, asparagus, a touch of fresh
basil in a light marinara sauce with a touch of white wine.
If that isn’t enough, the homemade desserts are not
to be missed, especially the fresh cannolis and the chocolate
34 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy
Atmosphere: Relaxed Dining in Warm Atmosphere
Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday
4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
4 p.m. – Midnight