Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

It’s time for lunch.

Artisans Eatery, a new spot specializing in creative sandwiches and gourmet comfort foods, has opened in Islip.

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The 12-seat, eat-in and takeout establishment offers freshly baked breads, meats roasted in-house, seasonal dishes and moderate prices.

It’s run by Donna Trapani, a lifelong local resident, who opened the Full Martini bar on the site in 2002. The chef is Adam Russo, formerly of Harbor Mist in Cold Spring Harbor. Their approach: “We want you to enjoy lunch again with real food, real fast.”

Typical fare includes panini, among them a “Reuben Twist” made with pastrami, beer-braised sauerkraut, Gruyere cheese and Russian dressing on a sesame-seed pretzel; and “Perky the Pig,” with 12-hour roasted pork, espresso-barbecue sauce, sharp Cheddar and apple slaw on thickly sliced sourdough.

There are inventive and classic melts and grilled cheese sandwiches to order; meatloaf and barbecued roast beef sandwiches; house-made soups; and salads, the most popular of which is “Lucy Maccarone,” named for Trapani’s grandmother, featuring orecchiette with Genoa salami, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, capers, roasted peppers, red onion and basil.

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Desserts have the taste of nostalgia, from devil’s food cake with vanilla cream to a chocolate-covered, crisp peanut praline-and-raspberry pate. Artisans Eatery also has a selection of hard-to-find, much-sought sodas.

The panini and other sandwiches are $5.75 to $10.29; salads, $2.95 to $4.95.

Artisans Eatery is open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also open on weekends for pickup of catering orders, such as three- and six-foot long hero sandwiches.

Artisans Eatery, 174 Islip Ave., Islip; 631-446-1919 and artisanseatery.com