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.
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.
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