30 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset, NY 516-364-8234
The feel is not only that of a country house, but also of a Long Island restaurant from days long past—where trendy decor and artsy furniture are more today’s norm, Angelina's has cherrywood paneling and wallpaper, simple tables with basic chairs—even basic wooden stools at the bar. However, that doesn’t mean this Syosset establishment is trapped in the past, for among the mostly traditional Neapolitan items on its menu are a few newfangled dishes that help keep the kitchen current. An example: among the salads, a field green mix delivered with roasted pears appears as an alternative to the caesar and grilled vegetable bowls—while beef short ribs are included as an atypical Italian entree option, along with the expected chicken, veal and seafood.Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted Accessibility: Yes
Angelina's II is a warm, inviting eatery, and the successful offspring of Angelina's in East Norwich. It's a handsome little spot, cozy and consistent.
As with the original, this restaurant prepares flavorful Italian food, and is especially strong on pastas.
Among the winning dishes over the years are a spirited spaghetti alla puttanesca, rife with black olives, plump capers and straightforward flavor; rigatoni alla vodka; and spinach gnocchi in meat sauce.
A springtime treat is the soup of asparagus and potatoes. Minestrone works year-round.
Try seafood, especially whole, grilled red snapper, or grilled swordfish with mustard sauce, pine nuts and sundried tomatoes.
The veal chop alla Milanese and the grilled ribeye steak both are handily recommended.
The right finales range from the flourless chocolate cake to a light tiramisu.
Peter M. Gianotti