A Long Island native born into an Italian American family, Joseph Balbo knew early on that he wanted to devote his life to cooking. He honed his skills at the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, learning to combine traditional, Old World sensibilities with a New World spirit of innovation. Now manning the stovetops at Porto Vivo, which the New York Times called “Huntington’s latest hot spot,” in 2009, Chef Balbo runs a kitchen that has served numerous celebrities, including Serena Williams, celebrity chef Todd English, and Billy Joel.
The menu brims with familiar yet refined Italian staples, such as lobster ravioli with shaved black truffle and parmesan-crusted veal milanese. The chefs also demonstrate their creativity by glazing pan-seared Alaskan halibut with a yuzu vinaigrette and frying grappa-soaked grapes. To accompany this range of flavors, the restaurant also features an extensive wine list, which earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The selection emphasizes Italian producers, but it also boasts an array of bottles sourced elsewhere, including rare Californian wines as well as a first-growth bordeaux.
In many ways, the decor dovetails with the cuisine in its elegance and bringing together of disparate yet complementary elements. The clean, modern space features multiple levels, with high ceilings, taupe walls, leather booths, rich wood accents, and exposed brick.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Tutto Pazzo.
Whether you follow a gluten-free, low-fat, or vegan diet, Tutto Pazzo provides plenty of items for a wide range of lifestyles.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Perfect for parties on the larger side, Tutto Pazzo also has a private area available for use.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Tutto Pazzo's free wifi.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Tutto Pazzo to grab a spot on the patio.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Can't get enough of Tutto Pazzo's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Guests can leave their vehicles in the nearby lot — valet service is also available — or circle the block for a spot on the street.
Tutto Pazzo s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
For prime Italian fare, Tutto Pazzo is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Tutto Pazzo.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Diraimo Pizzeria have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Diraimo Pizzeria, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Diraimo Pizzeria is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Diraimo Pizzeria to create the perfect night.
With a parking lot adjacent to Diraimo Pizzeria, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
So come taste the pizza at Diraimo Pizzeria for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Diraimo Pizzeria. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Diraimo Pizzeria and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from Diraimo Pizzeria.
Butter up your date with some star-studded Italian fare at Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington, and get cozy in its romantic setting.
Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both vegan and gluten-free items on the menu.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington offers catering.
Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
So come share a romantic meal at Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington, where every classic Italian dish is prepared with amor.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington.
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Piccolo Restaurant of Huntington and taste some great eats.
Butter up your date with some star-studded Italian fare at Restaurant Joanina, and get cozy in its romantic Huntington setting.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Restaurant Joanina, a local favorite.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Restaurant Joanina is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Restaurant Joanina's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Restaurant Joanina will ensure that it is delicious.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Taste the greatness Restaurant Joanina is serving up with meals around $30.
Make your next date night even more special with delicious Italian fare at the romantic Restaurant Joanina.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Restaurant Joanina is well worth every penny!
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Restaurant Joanina and taste some great eats.
Pick the pasta of your choice at Italian eatery Almarco.
Score low-fat, vegan and gluten-free fare at Almarco.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at Almarco and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
The patio tables outside of Almarco are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
No need to dress up for a trip to Almarco — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Almarco.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Almarco.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
Do you hear your stomach growling? Answer the call with a tasty Italian meal from Almarco.