The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Employ delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano in Huntington. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday–Friday from noon until 3 p.m. and for dinner every evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The ingredient sculptors at Pomodorino Ristorante Italiano prepare lunch and dinner menus of fresh-made Italian favorites served in an old world–style trattoria setting. Lunchtime diners clasp fingers around the portofino focaccia sandwich packed with chicken breast and grilled zucchini ($8.95), and fork tines twirl like inflexible ballerinas in the gamberi scampi loaded with linguine, sautéed shrimp, and white-wine and garlic sauce ($12.95 for lunch; $18.95 for dinner). Curious cutlery slices open ravioli to uncover a treasure trove of chicken, herbs, and ricotta cheese augmented with porcini mushroom sauce, ($15.95), and the lasagna con carne ($13.95) satiates carnivorous cravings with a meaty bolognese sauce layered between pasta and parmesan cheese, which is imported to impart an authentic jet-lagged flavor.
Pomodorino Ristorante strives to emulate an Old-World trattoria, serving a menu of iconic Italian favorites in an atmosphere where, according to the Long-Islander, “everyone is treated as a friend and regulars are treated like family.” The chefs capture this homey vibe in cuisine form by hand-rolling meatballs, simmering pots of tomato sauce from scratch, and crowning entrees with scraps of imported parmesan cheese. They also fire up a wood-burning brick oven to bake pizzas to a golden crisp and transform lasagnas into melty, cheese-laden meals.
The dining room embraces a similarly casual approach with red-checkered tablecloths and a ceiling-mounted trellis, which supports an intricate web of vines and strings of twinkling lights. The bar area’s shelving extends almost to the ceiling. Bartenders surmount the altitude obstacle by climbing a sliding librarian’s ladder to retrieve the treasures that line the topmost shelves: bottles of spirits and anything Paul Bunyan happened to drop when he was in the restaurant.