You wouldn’t think that Huntington needed another Italian restaurant — the village has one on practically every block.
But Edoardo’s is a trattoria of a decidedly different stripe — beginning with the fact that it’s not just a trattoria. The front room of this bi-level space is a cafe-market-pastry shop where you can enjoy croissants, bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) or a range of Southern Italian confections rarely seen on these shores: Torta Caprese (rich-but-light chocolate-almond cake), delizioso di limone (a dome of sponge cake filled and blanketed with lemon cream) and torta soffice all’arancia (sponge filled with orange custard and covered with marmalade).
Edoardo’s opens every morning (except Monday) at 8 a.m. so you can start your day with a pastry and an expertly pulled espresso, cappuccino, etc. Or have a seat in the dining room, a few steps up, and have a frittata, omelet or uova in purgatorio (eggs poached in tomato sauce).
For lunch there are eight sandwiches on homemade focaccia, among them, the “after hours” with sausage, roast potatoes, caramelized onions, caprino cheese, pesto and arugula and “il gladiatore” with roasted vegetables, spicy zucchini, pecorino and three pestos, and seven pastas including linguine with shrimp and lemon sauce, fettuccine ai funghi (with wild mushrooms, cream and Parmesan) and pappardelle alla Bolognese. All the pastas are made in house and all are for sale in the market.
Almost everything on the menu is under $20. Beer and wine — and dinner service — are in the works.
Edoardo Erazo was not born in Italy to a long line of chefs; he is from Ecuador and moved to Turin, in Italy’s northwest, when he was 15. Having mastered pastry, pasta and pretty much everything else, he came to New York where he worked at some of the city’s most celebrated Italian restaurants: San Domenico, Da Silvano and San Pietro. In 2006 he opened a tiny restaurant, Sole di Capri, which closed during the pandemic.
In Huntington, Erazo is ably assisted by his wife, Abi, a talented chef in her own right, and son, Adi, who, at 25, runs the front of the house like a pro.
Edoardo’s Trattoria is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. 300 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-683-4964.