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Wantagh: First bites at Trattachino

Small plates at Trattachino, Wantagh

Small plates at Trattachino, Wantagh

Trattachino, the new venture of Joseph Balbo (former chef at Babylon Carriage House) looks to be off to a rip-roaring start (emphasis on the roaring — big crowd, little sound insulation).

I easily forgave the noise level, since the food was so good. As “small" plates go, I thought the sizes here pretty generous. Highlights included crunchy tender chili-glazed calamari ($8), delectable crispy duck leg confit over parsnip puree ($6) and fragrant truffled mac and cheese ($8). An entree of beef short rib, also over parsnip puree, was ultra tender and flavorful.

Trattachino is at 753 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, 516-735-6500

Crispy duck leg confit at Trattachino, Wantagh

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