58 Jericho Tpke. Syosset, NY 516-496-9770

The dining room at Franina.

(Credit: Ken Spencer )

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Type: Italian Price range: $$$$ (Very expensive) Description:

The atmosphere of this cozy, classy restaurant goes beyond any attempt to emulate an Italian restaurant, as the bunting-styled drapery, lightly yellow-tinged walls and oil paintings make this place seem as if stolen from a weathered postcard circa the early 1900s. But beyond the décor, the menu is in fact dedicated to the foods found in places like Napoli, Rome and Sicily--with a number of seafood-based antipasi set for starting purposes. Pastas like spaghetti, cavatelli, ravioli and tortelloni are also possibilities--while the entrées are a list of meats and fish prepared with flair--such as a dry-aged, grilled rib eye steak under green peppercorn, stuffed organic breast of chicken and red snapper served oreganata (in bread crumbs).


Hours: Noon-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted Notable dishes: Seafood salad, pappardelle Bolognese, grilled whole fish, braciola, zabaglione.


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