By Janee Law
After closing Pomodoro Ristorante & Pizza 10 years ago, the Machado family is bringing the popular Roman-style Italian restaurant back to Huntington village. This time, it will add a touch of Tuscany and be called Salumeria Pomodoro.
“We wanted to do something a little bit different and update the food from 20 years ago, so we’re using some more traditional style pastas. We’re using more traditional wines,” said owner Eric Machado, adding that the focus is to incorporate some of the antipasto-style cured meats, such as prosciutto di Parma.
Machado will be bringing in Barolo wine, which comes from the nebbiolo grape grown in the Langhe area in Italy, he said.
“They make the most famous wines in Italy, so we’ll be serving those wines in our restaurant by the glass,” Machado said.
For traditional dishes, the restaurant plans to bring in a more modern-style Bolognese sauce.
“We serve a meat sauce called sugo di carne,” which he said translates to “the juice of the meat.”
“So it’s a more updated style Bolognese with beautiful pieces of meat inside a pasta, a large rigatoni that we make in house,” Machado said, adding that the pasta is called paccheri.
Owning the restaurant with his father Fabio and brother Jason, Machado said the restaurant, which is about 2,500 square feet, hopes to be up and running by late in February or early March.
The Machado family recently opened a Salumeria Pomodoro in Roslyn in December and decided to come back to Huntington after hearing the strong request from locals.
“I think that there aren’t many true Italian restaurants in Huntington and a lot of people have been asking for us to bring it back, the true Tuscan-, Roman-style sauces and some of the items that we prepare. So we want to give our customers what they’re asking for,” Machado said.
With his father as the founder of Huntington Station-based Reststar Hospitality Group, the family owns several restaurants, including Bistro Cassis and Café Buenos Aires in Huntington village.
Salumeria Pomodoro is located at 46 Gerard St. in Huntington. It will have a seating capacity of around 50.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’ll be a great place to come and enjoy a great glass of wine and some great food and say hello to the Machado family,” Machado said. “Our only expectation is to please our customers.”