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April 3, 20104.0
One of three locations on long island this is the best Italian in the area.A warm restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere. The square tables are covered with soft linens illuminated with pendant lighting and surrounded with cushy leather uprights.We sat at a round table with a banquet on one side. The restaurant is always busy but the acoustics are good so that its never too loud . It has a nice bustling crowd which was The first sign that I was in the right place.I suggest reserving a table on the weekends. If you have to wait don’t worry the bar is a large wrap around with a friendly bartender. If you prefer you can wait in the lounge at one of the plush fabric chairs . The second sign that I knew I was in for a nice evening was the friendly attentive staff.As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a smiling hostess.Unlike other eateries where the staff sometimes seems bothered and make you feel like they’re doing you a favor for letting them serve you. The staff was at Manninos was always attentive. During the course of the evening a member of the staff was not hard to find and was there at my whim. The service was snappy and thorough. The main course was not rushed and when we were done with each course the plates were cleared all together not piecemeal; which is sometimes done at other places and makes the other guests who are still eating feel rushed.
I started the meal with some rustic artesian bread and a family style plate of an extra virgin olive oil infusion for dipping.For an appetizer I ordered a generous plate of family style clams for us all to share. They were the best!. the broth was so good we sopped up every drop with our bread.
The wine list has a nice selection of American but focuses mainly on Italian which can be expected. The server recommended a moderately priced Ruffino for 35 dollars. it was well worth it.The dishes we sampled had a wonderful tomato sauce.Their house marinara has a perfect blend of acidity and sweetness. A must for an Italian restaurant.The desserts were creatively decorated with berry puree surrounding chocolate cake and a dusting of powdered sugar. The Italian cheesecake was the best I’ve had.A perfect mix of vanilla flavor and citrus with a lite graham cracker crust. Espresso coffee was excellent with the right amount of crema on top. They could use a better selection of lemoncello. They should stock Danny Divito’s brand.I highly recommend this restaurant it if you live in the area.
tender little necks were served in a lite broth of natural juices, white wine ,olive oil with chucks of stewed tomatoes and bits of finely sliced garlic.It was bursting with flavor.
Made with fresh cockle clams, mussels, shrimp, fresh crabmeat and scallops in a light marinara sauce served over capellini. The seafood was not hard to find in this hearty dish served in a wonderful light marinara.The past was perfectly done al dente style
This classic Italian favorite was laced with ricotta, Parmesan,chopped meat and topped with a wonderful house marinara sauce. The pasta tasted freshly made in house. The noodles were dense and meaty.
January 2, 20132.0
If you like arrogance, this is the place for you. If you’re waiting for a table, just hope his friends don’t walk in…he’ll push them right in front of you.
Hostess was honest about it…owner lied through his teeth.
I normally entertain in the city, nice places that treat customers well. Food here was “average” at best. Porthouse was tough, while pasta and shrimp was drowning in butter. I guess butter makes everything taste better.
First and last time here for us.
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