A brick oven, a collection of classic Italian recipes, and a slew of fresh ingredients. Those are a few of the things that make meals special at Boccone Pizzeria & Ristorante, but they're far from the only ones. Many come simply for the family-friendly atmosphere, knowing they can relax and share laughs across plates of linguine and veal marsala. Arguably, one of the main focuses in the kitchen is on specialty pizzas that range from the traditional Grandma pie to the inventive Seafood Oreganata with scampi sauce, shrimp, and clams.
For four decades, Benkert’s Classic Delicatessen has been loading patrons with ample portions from a menu of breakfast eats, salads, sandwiches, and hot-lunch dishes. Customers can jump start their day with two eggs any style ($2.50) while gulping complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and surfing the free WiFi on a free wireless surfboard. For midday breaks, specialty salad sandwiches cover beds of bread in quilts of egg ($4.25) and shrimp ($6.25) salad. Gourmet wraps and sandwiches ($6.95) include the Fat Tony, packed with six cold cuts, mozzarella, peppers, greens, and vinaigrette, and protected by a hero bun toasted for its noble deeds. Hot sandwiches such as the barbecue chicken ($5.75) are hearty enough to scare away the most intimidating hunger hauntings. Accessorize entrees with sides of mac 'n' cheese ($4.99/lb.) or mozzarella sticks ($3.99), and cross the finish line with a sweet slice of pound cake ($1.95).
Windows on the Lake blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, lending a serene, pastoral air to everything from Thanksgiving dinners to weddings. Two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Lake Ronkonkoma and the grounds that hug it. Manicured gardens beckon diners for a post-prandial stroll among colorful foliage and babbling brooks.
Those grounds also usher brides and grooms to the outdoor gazebo, where they say their vows and wrestle for the title of "Head of Household." In the Rainbow Room, however, the line between indoors and outdoors seems to vanish altogether. A ceiling painted like the sky looms over a hardwood dance floor ringed with white-clothed tables?and the illusion extends to the pastoral murals that alternate with the room's floor-to-ceiling windows.
1019 Cafe's vittle wizards fill their lunch and dinner menus with a selection of delectable dishes ranging from pasta and hamburgers to lobster tails and filet mignon. Noontime noshers can split starters such as garlic-and-oil steamed clams ($10) before wrapping hands around a marinated-steak sandwich slathered in melted mozzarella and flanked by french fries ($13). During dinner, majestic meal toppings hold court over a kingdom of sumptuous dishes, commanding an almond-crusted flounder to bow before a sweet mango salsa ($19), or a juicy 14-ounce filet mignon to dance under a drizzle of decadent mushroom-merlot sauce ($30). A low-carb menu keeps things lighter than a feather-filled balloon, and a kids’ menu satisfies the most petite of patrons.
Inside Salina’s nail salon, a team of technicians clip, shape, and buff digits before applying eye-catching polishes. Classic mani-pedis leave nails sheathed in a colorful polish, and pink-and-white acrylics create a natural-looking extension of the nail, which doubles as a protective layer when attacking unruly shoelace knots. The salon also handles more comprehensive tasks for clients, such as applying UV gels and gluing on silk wraps.
Passed from Andy Saldamarco to Tom DeLuca, Saldamarco?s Deli has been a fixture in the community for 39 years, and DeLuca carries on Andy's recipes as he serves up many of the same sandwiches and hot foods such as eggplant parm, chicken parm, meatballs, and sausage and peppers that have kept it a local staple. Saldamarco's was also voted #1 best Italian Deli in the 2013 Best of Shoreline Readers' Poll, #2 for best soups, and #3 for best salads. Freshness is a priority, as all salads are made fresh including tuna salad with Hellman's Mayo and the Deli grinds their own beef with no additives. Housemade roast beef adds tasty weight to soft sub rolls, and freshly cut steaks and pork roasts line the butcher's case alongside strands of housemade italian sausage that are great for grilling in the summer or exercising when a jump rope is unavailable.