POMODORO: We’ve been
to them all – Huntington, Port Washington and Manhattan
– small Italian restaurants serving simple, rustic and
tasty food, the brainchild of Piero Casalicchio, Fabio Machado
and their Huntington based Hospitality Group which has been
building a food empire across the region. Last week, we stopped
by the newly renovated Port Washington Pomodoro and we were
wowed. New French doors opening onto Main Street, new comfy
décor, a new menu and an old friend. The spiffy new
bistro’s manager, Ryan, was the very same guide we had
when we reviewed Mac’s Steakhouse a number of months
back – he was assistant manager there. Ryan is running
the house in Port Washington and from the crowd, comments
and our meal, Ryan and the changes have been welcomed by Port
regulars. The new menu offers some new tastes and retains
some of the old favorites. The place has a feel of the old
Pomodoro with a bit of influence of the group’s Bistro
Citron in Roslyn – there’s nothing wrong with
building on success. We’d guess this slight but upbeat
makeover will likely migrate to the other Pomodoros. Our only
complaint is that their fabulous Zuppa di Pesce is now only
available as a scheduled Friday special. C’mon Fabio
& Piero, it’s one of the top menu items on the Island...
and a Foodie favorite.
BEER PAIRINGS? You’ve heard of wine
pairings where the sommelier selects the perfect accompaniment
for each delectable course. Now Mazzi Restaurant (493 E. Jericho
Turnpike, Huntington) one of the Foodies’ favorite romantic
hideaways, invites you to a first ever “Beer Tasting,”
featuring the Beers of Brooklyn Brewery. The Thursday, September
14 dinner will pair each course with the appropriate brew.
Appetizer: Jumbo Shrimp Ceviche, Avocado Puree, Crispy Chips
with “Brooklyn Weisse.” First Course: Tequila
and Spice Cured Fresh Pancetta, Warm Pineapple Citrus Vinaigrette,
with “Brooklyn Octoberfest.” Salad: Mixed Greens,
Fennel, Dried Cranberries, Gorgonzola Cheese, House Vinaigrette,
with “Brooklyn Pilsner.” Main Course: Beer-Braised
Short Ribs, Horseradish Gremolata, Butternut Squash Lasagnette,
with “Brooklyn Brown Ale.” Dessert: Valhrona Chocolate
Cake, Tahitian Vanilla Gelato, Basil Syrup, Raspberry Sauce,
with “Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.” Wow!!!
Reservations required by September 8 for the September 14
dinner event at $65 per person. 631 421-3390.
AMERICAN BURGER: John Tunney, the successful
Huntington restaurateur and proprietor of Besito and Blue
Honu has lived in the fast lane of the foodie business. However,
as he says on his website: “What I realized was that
at the end of the night – after all the glitz and glamour
– what I really wanted was a good cheeseburger.”
So, in 2002 Tunney founded the American Burger Company –
a new-millennium hamburger stand right on New York Avenue.
It had all the things that were missing: fresh 100% USDA beef
cooked to order, crispy fries, a shake that works, plush leather
seats, wood floors, cool music and flat screens minus fluorescent
lighting and chaos. Soon you’ll be able to get “the
ultimate American meal” at the new Hicksville location
(290 Old Country Road) which joins the chains Huntington and
Atlantic City spots. Order singles, doubles, 4x4, add holes
or a light pink easy rider with cheese – they’ll
teach you the lingo. Enjoy!
HOT DOG: Long Island-based Nathan’s
Famous Inc. is on a roll. It reported a 22-percent increase
in first-quarter earnings on revenues of $12.2 million. With
a first quarter profit of $1.3 million, the Westbury corporation’s
performance sure cuts the mustard, it claims to be “the
number one retail selling ‘premium’ all-beef hot
dog, based upon pounds sold, and the third highest retail
selling all beef hot dog in the United States.”
QUESTION: What is 2000 lbs. of Chinese soup?
Answer: Won Ton.
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