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Portuguese newcomer meets food police

Sauteed octopus at Piri Piri in Mineola

Sauteed octopus at Piri Piri in Mineola Photo Credit: Joan Reminick

Piri Piri, a new Portuguese restaurant and bar, makes its home in an out-of-the-way Mineola office building on Herricks Road. Location didn’t seem a problem on a recent evening, when I found the place packed.

Loved the linguiça asada (flambéed sausage). Better yet was an appetizer of sauteed octopus, tender and garlicky. I was surprised, then, that my barbecued chicken was so bland. What I was told that the Nassau County Board of Health has been coming down hard on the use of salt in the kitchen. Which shouldn't be.

Thus far, a salt-banning bill proposed in March by New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D, Brooklyn) has not been passed. Bill A10129 reads as follows: “No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises.”

One hopes that such an assault on individual rights never becomes reality.

Piri Piri is at 100 Herricks Rd., 516-873-9277.

My octopus/Joan Reminick

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