Since 2010, Miller Place Pastaria owners Charles and Pamela Zein have worked to give each visitor a memorable dining experience. While Pamela seats guests in a cozy dining room and pours glasses of their favorite wines, Charles mans the kitchen as executive chef. He simmers sauces for pasta dishes, bakes gourmet pizzas, and serves up piping-hot spinach-roll calzones.
Orto's chefs embrace the Old World roots of Italian-American cuisine. In doing so, they alter the selection on a daily basis to incorporate the choicest ingredients, ensuring that their rustic pasta dishes and hearty entrees maintain a home-cooked charm. At the same time, North American influences shine through in dishes such as semolina-breaded fried chicken and slow-roasted pork jowls with salsa verde. Orto also features a curated wine list brimming with Italian choices, though the eatery also allows diners to bring a bottle of their favorite wine from home. Housed within a building that dates back to the 1820s, per the New York Times, the restaurant's dining room evokes the ambiance of an Italian home. Weathered wooden columns and ceiling beams complement the warm tones of earthenware tile floors and eggshell walls. This intimately lit, aged look lends a cozy and inviting vibe to the space, which mirrors the rustic spirit of the menu.
At Caruso's, Italian cuisine is the star of the show. On an outdoor patio or indoor dining room, forks can be found twirling through plates of spaghetti and linguine or spearing nubs of homemade gnocchi. In the kitchen, chefs make sure to use fresh ingredients in each of their dishes, sourcing items locally when possible. Local littleneck clams made an appearance on the menu, while Long Island's own Pellegrini chardonnay and merlot can be found amidst the wine list's Italian and Californian options. Diners may also opt to recreate the restaurant experience in their own home with a take-home pie from Caruso's attached brick-oven pizzeria and white tablecloths draped over the family dog.