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Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria in Mineola: First bites

Octopus bruschetta at Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria in Mineola,

Octopus bruschetta at Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria in Mineola, October 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Good eating prevailed at a recent dinner at the new Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria in Mineola. The attractive contemporary spot, with a pizza counter up front, is under the same family ownership as Skinny Pizza in Roslyn Heights and Roosevelt Field.

A cracker-thin crust on the restaurant’s fine Margherita pizzette ($12) held up well to its topping, a lush confluence of mozzarella, fresh basil and marinara. Ideal for sharing, as well, was an appetizer of octopus bruschetta ($14), tender chunks of octopus in a chopped tomato mixture heaped onto rustic bread. What would have made the dish better: more octopus, less tomato.

Spaghettini’s briny, garlicky pasta with white clam sauce ($16) featured clams both in and out of their shells. The only drawback: big, unwieldy pieces of garlic were easily mistakable for pieces of clam. Old-timey comfort food: chicken cacciatore on the bone ($19).

Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria is at 106 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, 516-750-8044.

 

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