The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano in Amityville.
Bellissimo Ristorante's gourmet dinner menu marinates tongues in the flavorful culinary influences of Tuscany and Sicily. Channel your inner da Vinci by hovering over a steaming, grand-finale-style supper of cheese-filled rigatoni ripieni pasta ($16.50), or croon incoherently like a Florentine gondolier between mouthfuls of farfalle al salmone, a savory mix of bowtie pasta and smoked salmon swimming merrily in a river of brandied pink sauce ($17.50). Lunch fare includes the funghi di bosco pizza, a crusty manhole cover crowned with a quartet of shiitake, portobello, champignon, and porcini mushrooms ($10.95). Bellissimo Ristorante's wine list refreshes palates with adult ambrosias such as the Italian Giacondi pinot grigio ($7 for a glass) and the Australian Yellow Tail shiraz ($7 for a glass), far tastier than German dishwater.
Replete with crisp table linens, glowing chandeliers, and an old-fashioned stone fireplace, Bellissimo Ristorante cossets patrons in a formal ambiance but welcomes casual wardrobes. Chat over dinner in the alfresco dining area, or sidle up next to an indoor mural of bucolic Italy to imagine yourself catching a Mediterranean breeze or painting St. Peter's Basilica with tomato sauce.
Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano
The chefs at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano craft traditional Tuscan and Sicilian dishes as well as their own idiosyncratic takes on classic Italian recipes. While digging into a half chicken breast in sage butter sauce, diners can admire the eatery’s wrought-iron chandeliers and walls painted to resemble an Italian villa. Tromp l’oeil arched pillars frame murals of pastoral Tuscan landscapes, depicting mountains, vineyards, and groups of tourists asking for directions.
330 Merrick Rd.
Amityville, New York 11701