The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Il Cantone Cafe fires up Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square with a pizza called "4 Corner Grandma Arrabbiata." Yes, meet the angry Nonna.
This spicy winner is finished with savory, sauteed broccoli rabe and a blast of sliced, hot cherry peppers, atop a squared pan pie with six slices that falls under the category of "brick oven personal pizza." The 10-inch production has a good crust and delivers enough heat to cause a little glow. It costs $14.
Il Cantone Cafe, which translates into The Corner Cafe, also prepares a tasty Margherita pizza and white pizza with ricotta and mozzarella, from $9.50 to 19 depending on size.
The easygoing establishment makes respectable pastas and Parmigianas, plus some savory panini, especially one with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers, or a fried chicken cutlet with the same company. Panini are in the $7.95 to $9.95 range.
Accommodating service, too.
Il Cantone Cafe, 763 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-616-5600.