Lunch at the year-old Fanelli’s, located steps from the Lindenhurst LIRR station, proved a mixed experience.
A $9.95 prix-fixe menu featuring a cup of soup (or salad) and a panino proved a better deal than a pasta ordered from the dinner menu.
The friend who opted for stuffed rigatoni (the pasta purportedly house-made) in Bolognese sauce was faced with a pile of ricotta-stuffed tubes blanketed with a meat-studded pink sauce. Somehow, the dish managed to look like a plate of loaded nachos. The surprise was how strangely comforting it proved to be.
My stracciatella soup was devoid of flavor. But a grilled chicken, broccoli rabe and mozzarella panino was a light, likable choice. Too bad the fries accompanying were previously frozen, pale and not worth the caloric expenditure.
Fanelli’s is at 95 E. Hoffman Ave., Lindenhurst, 631-226-2999
Newsday Photo / Joan Reminick