Some Italian restaurants on Long Island will serve you reheated pizza. Others, the ones that can say they are the Best Italian Restaurant on Long Island, they will serve you an Italian feast topped with a cannoli. Where do you find such places? You don’t need to ask because right now we bring you this year’s winners for Best Italian Restaurant on Long Island.
Long Islanders Voted Vincent’s Clam Bar in Carle Place Best Italian Restaurant on Long Island
1. Vincent’s Clam Bar
179 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. 516-742-4577. www.vincentsclambar.com
Simply put, Vincent’s Clam Bar is a pasta Mecca, done old-school. All the food at Vincent’s is prepared at the open clam bar in full view, just as it was back in the day. Everything, from the homemade lemonade, freshly squeezed and served with a sugar coated rim, to the Gnocchi Bolognese, homemade potato dumplings smothered in ricotta and Bolognese, is done to perfection. So, it’s no surprise Vincent’s has claimed this category two years in a row. They’ve earned it. After all, they’ve brought a giant chunk of Little Italy to Long Island.
2. La Parma
Multiple Locations. www.laparma.com
LaParma has been serving up fine Italian cuisine since 1984, family-style. And not only do they offer favorites like eggplant rollatini and rigatoni ala vodka, they’ll bring them to your party too. La Parma also caters, so your special day will be memorable in more ways than one.
3. Mamma Lombardi’s
400 Furrows Rd., Holbrook. 631-737-0774. www.mammalombardis.com
Opera, vintage wines and authentic Italian food are what you’ll find at Mamma Lombardi’s, which specializes in homemade, authentic Neapolitan recipes the Lombardi family has prepared for generations. This family owned delight has a five-time award winning wine list and generous portions of the finest Southern Italian cuisine.