388 in Roslyn Heights and more Long Island restaurants to try this weekend
The holiday season is moving right along. Here are three restaurants where the entire family can slow down and enjoy time together plus some very good Italian-American specialties.
388 Restaurant in Roslyn Heights is a comfortable, easygoing spot, openhanded, and on target with dishes to be shared. Recommended: fresh mozzarella; cold antipasto; baked clams; chicken or meatball Parmigiana sliders; seafood salad; rigatoni Bolognese; linguine with white clam sauce; baked ziti with ricotta; chicken Milanese; rack of lamb; shrimp marinara; red snapper Livornese; grilled salmon; Italian-style cheesecake; warm biscotti with cannoli cream. Moderate.
388, 388 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights, 516-621-3888, 388restaurant.com
Emilio's in Commack is a magnet for robust Italian-American dishes and savory pizzas, served by a friendly staff. Recommended: Mamma Mia Meatballs appetizer; rice balls; eggplant rollatine; calamari arrabbiata; stuffed artichoke oreganata; rigatoni Bolognese; lasagna; ravioli; fusilli campagnola; chicken Parmigiana; chopped vegetable salad; Gorgonzola, arugula, and pomegranate salad; Margherita pizza; white pizza with five cheeses; roasted cauliflower pizza; scungilli fra diavolo. Moderate.
Emilio's, 2201 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-462-6267, emilioscommack.com
Ciao Baby in Massapequa Park earns an exclamation for big portions and big flavors, with a pretty big repertoire, too. Recommended: Sicilian rice ball; Italian potato pancakes; long hot stuffed peppers; sausage and peppers; burrata with grilled crostini; chicken scarpariello; eggplant lasagna; bass oreganata; bucatini with jumbo meatball; "Sunday beef ragu" with bucatini; Nonna's Old World Meat Platter; brick-oven Margherita pizza; fig, prosciutto, goat cheese pizza. Moderate.
Ciao Baby, 5074 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park, 516-799-5200, ciaobabyrestaurant.com