Lovely dinner at Piccolo Mondo. On a Monday night there were quite a few tables filled and no wonder: the restaurant exudes competence and warmth, and almost nothing on the menu costs more than $20.
I enjoyed my big, fat clams Posillipo, in an herby-winey broth. The restaurant’s eponymous salad, featuring mixed greens (and a little red) and slices of surprisingly ripe tomatoes, was almost undone by way too much balsamic dressing.
I loved my tender prosciutto-and-Fontina-stuffed veal chop Valdostano (which, one of my pals was glad to be informed, is a veal chop prepared in the manner of the Italian region of Val d’Aosta) and enjoyed my bite of veal saltimbocca (cutlets pan-fried with prosciutto and sage). When our very efficient waitress had described the day’s fish special—seared red snapper on a bed of vegetable orzo and surrounded by mussels and clams in broth—she made a point of noting that the fish was not immersed in the broth and, thus, retained its crisp sear. This attention to detail—by both server and chef—was extremely welcome. Even the busboy who offered freshly ground pepper did so with good cheer and a minimum of ceremony.
Piccolo Mondo is at 1870 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-462-0718.