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Lunch in Lindenhurst, Italian-American style

Stuffed rigatoni in Bolognese sauce at Fanelli's in

Stuffed rigatoni in Bolognese sauce at Fanelli's in Lindenhurst Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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

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