The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
A recent dinner at the new Sa Vinos Pizzeria Restaurant Wine Bar in Lynbrook proved a lively one.
A plus, from the outset, was a waitress who was enthusiastic about both the food and wine she was serving. You'd be surprised how much that adds to an experience.
To start, I was able to substitute the restaurants sesame-tinged Oriental dressing for the usual balsamic dressing (please, will somebody put an end to the overuse of balsamic) in a salad of mixed greens with pears, roasted almonds and Gorgonzola. Is it my imagination, or have I not had that same salad at a thousand other restaurants?
Far more distinctive was a fresh and fragrant version of linguine with white clam sauce ($13.95) done with fresh chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic and a load of Manila clams. Rigatoni Bolognese, al dente pasta in a chunky, flavor-intense cream-lightened meat sauce, turned out to be rich, fully satisfying.
Tony the wine guy Caracci is a presence behind the restaurants new wine bar. I was happy with his generous pour of a Super Tuscan, ordered from a list of interesting reds on the table. For only $8.50, this turned out to be an excellent buy.
Sa Vinos Pizzeria Restaurant Wine Bar is at 88 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, 516-596-1600.