Italian and American classics top the dark wood tables at DiMaria's Brick Oven Pizza and Kitchen, where red booths enthrone diners chowing down between sprawling windows. Diners may avail themselves of plentiful free parking, or decide to dine at a table as they share appetizers such as the buffalo calamari, crispy, marine morsels served with blue cheese. A trio of eggplant rollatini stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella ushers in the veal madeira decked in mozzarella and asparagus simmered in mushroom sauce. Capers and peppers splay across a plate of wine-drenched pork pizzaiola, and garlic-speckled spinach accompanies the chicken oreganata baked in seasoned breadcrumbs so it stays both tender and texturally accessible to chopsticks.
A Japanese, French-fusion, and Thai restaurant, Laverne of Great Neck was voted one of Long Island’s 2012 Best Fusion Restaurants by readers of the Long Island Press’s annual Best of Long Island poll. Inside the eatery, a prominent sushi bar serves as a reminder of the restaurant's Japanese pedigree, with sushi and sashimi on display to passersby. On the menu, diners discover cuisine that crosses cultural borders, such as the steak frites, which Long Island Pulse magazine called "a true fusion dish," featuring "superior sirloin sliced steak…and an addictive Asian sauce." And, much like sleepovers shared between UN representatives, Laverne wraps up its worldly spectacle with various desserts, as well as drinks such as beer, wine, and sake.
No food is more comforting than the stuff that Grandma makes. Perhaps that's why Nonna's Pizzeria & Trattoria is named for the Italian word for grandmother. Piles of rigatoni, linguine, and spaghetti get coated with a luscious blanket of sauce, while the signature pasta alla nonnas is a tasty tangle of cavatelli, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, and pancetta. From the oven emerge operatic solos as well as pizzas topped with fresh meats and veggies, then finished with olive oil and fresh basil. Hearty Italian entrees made with seafood, chicken, and chops, meanwhile, promise to satisfy without sticking to the ribs.
There's no need for handwringing over whether you should eat Chinese or Japanese?not when Big Apple Chinese Food and Sushi has both covered. The eatery's massive menu includes both traditional and modern takes on Chinese favorites, from hot and spicy pork to lemon chicken, plus a variety of sushi and sashimi combos. Daily lunch specials and bento boxes make it tempting to ditch that sad lunch of a brown bag filled with cornmeal.
The Clubhouse's motto invites customers to eat, drink, and unwind as they enjoy a menu full of fresh and tasty cuisine. Recipes range from grilled pepper poppers and beet and goat cheese salads to buffalo chicken sandwiches and fish tacos. Guests can enjoy an 8-ounce rib-eye beef patty with applewood-smoked bacon in the Clubhouse Creation burger, or the blend of sweet and savory that defines the Aloha teriyaki short ribs.
When Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta first met and fell in love in Ispica, Italy, they were only 16. Nevertheless, they got married a few years later, which led to travels throughout Europe, sampling of exotic food, and, soon, a relocation to the United States. As Giuseppe worked his way up the restaurant industry ladder, he and Marisa dreamed of one day opening a little Italian store and restaurant where they could savor the pair's favorite Italian dish of all—the humble panini. In 2003, that dream came true when they opened La Bottega, Italian for "the store." Ten years and more than 20 additional locations later, the couple has spread their love of Italian flavors far and wide. Though many of the locations feature their own spin on the original dishes, they all honor the Ruta's first love by offering more than 60 varieties of panini, each toasted and stuffed with gourmet ingredients such as prosciutto di parma, black-angus steak, and marinated Italian tuna. Like a sentient robot crossing guard, the eateries go beyond their handheld specialization by featuring a slate of full entrees, pasta dishes, desserts, and imported wine.