Chicken francese at Patrizia's has a delicate, eggy crust.

Chicken francese at Patrizia's has a delicate, eggy crust. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Just in time for the holidays, Patrizia's, an Italian-American chainlet, has opened a branch in Hauppauge.

It's the third Patrizia's to arrive on Long Island. One opened earlier this year in Massapequa Park, and the first started spreading the ragu in 2016 in Hicksville.

The moderately priced, family-style restaurants also are in each of the five boroughs of New York City and in New Jersey. The Hicksville eatery was favorably reviewed in Newsday last year for its big portions of Italian-American favorites and a jovial atmosphere conducive to partying.

Birthday songs, with diners twirling their napkins overhead and joining in the festivities, help define the style of the buoyant restaurants.

Expect appetizers such as grilled baby octopus, seafood salad, mussels Posillipo, eggplant rollatini, fennel-and-orange salad, and family-style eggplant Parmigiana. Starters and salads are in the $9.99 to $25 range.

Pastas include lasagna with veal ragu, manicotti, penne alla vodka, pappardelle Bolognese, chicken francese, baked ziti, and either fusilli, penne, or cavatelli with gravy, braciola, sausage, meatballs, and spare ribs. Pastas generally are $16 to $18, with the meat gravy production at $28. Pizzas from the wood-burning oven are $11 to $24.

Main courses take in dishes such as chicken Parmigiana, scarpariello, and francese; veal Marsala; grilled rib-eye steak with broccoli rabe; pork chops with vinegar peppers; sole oreganata; and shrimps with white wine-and-lemon sauce. They're $17 to $26.

Patrizia's in Hauppauge is open on Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.; Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrizia's, 358 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge, 631-813-1890,

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