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Huntington newcomer: A raspberry for Strawberry's

Name that pasta, Strawberry's Bakery Bar & Grill,

Name that pasta, Strawberry's Bakery Bar & Grill, Huntington Photo Credit: Joan Reminick

Does the above photo look like house-made rigatoni with broccoli? That’s what I ordered at the newly opened Strawberry’s Bakery Bar & Grill in Huntington - and waited nearly 45 minutes to not get.

When the pictured item arrived, I told the waitress that it didn't look like what I'd ordered.  "Well,  I put in for ravioli with broccoli,” she said. Fine, I'll take it. But where's the broccoli?  “In the sauce,” she said confidently.

Try as I might, I couldn't find a speck of green in what turned out to be a salty oil slick peppered with overcooked bits of garlic. As for the ravioli (purportedly "made fresh"), all I could wonder was whether someone had deliberately set out to produce a ringer for frozen Buitoni. The dish, tasted but uneaten, cost me $18. Nobody offered to remove it (or anything) from the bill.

Interestingly, my appetizer of meatballs in vodka sauce arrived 5 minutes after the ravioli. Like  coals in a Christmas stocking, they were cold and hard.

Perhaps the place will function better as a bar. The beer list looks impressive. TV screens abound; there's also a cotton candy and popcorn machine. An enormous fish tank over the bar commands visual attention.

Now, if only someone could command the kitchen.

Newsday Photo of my lunch/Joan Reminick

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