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Cafe Testarossa

499 Jericho Tpke. Syosset , NY 516-364-8877

Cafe Testarossa is an Italian and New American

Cafe Testarossa is an Italian and New American restaurant in Syosset. Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

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Type:

Italian, New American

Price range:

$$$ (Expensive)

Description:

Cafe Testarossa, an Italian restaurant and cafe in Syosset, is running on all cylinders. A newly renovated interior brings in more subdued and soothing artwork, but chef-owner Billy Sansone's meticulous cooking, from crudo to meatballs, is humming, with heightened flavor and refined style.

Hours:

Open Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Ambience:

Very Good

Service:

Very Good

Reservations:

Recommended

Credit cards:

Accepted

Accessibility:

Yes

Notable dishes:

spaghetti and meatballs, fluke crudo, Pan-seared sea scallops

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Critic review

Cafe Testarossa used to have a wall-length image of a red Ferrari in its main dining room. The sporty car wheeled out a while back. Today, the place is subtler and so's the food.

The eatery stays mainly Italian, but with some tasty New American twists.  A thick cut of pan-seared halibut is juiced up by lemon zest in its breadcrumb crust, plus a citrus beurre blanc. The poached pear-and-red beet salad crosses borders with feta cheese, dried cherries, candied pistachios and a apple-cider vinaigrette. Vanilla-and-chocolate panna cotta arrives with biscotti and a mini-egg cream - refreshing and good. Cherry-vanilla ice cream complements a frozen Nutella cake.They're all first-rate.

Traditional Italian dishes are carefully prepared, too. The pecorino-cheese crusted artichoke and the crunchy-outside, creamy-inside rice balls are excellent. Likewise, the horizontal pizza with pesto, Gorgonzola cheese and olive oil; and the ricotta-and-spinach ravioli in marinara sauce.

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