February 16, 1997
Ristorante - by Ned Sweeny
upgraded menu is adding some new excitement at one of Commack's
traditional restaurants. Noted critics have defined Taormina Ristorante
as the definition of an Italian eatery - high praise for a restaurant
that sits in the very heart of Long Island.
and Chef Joseph Maccarrone insist nothing but the best is served.
Peter explains that he and Joseph take great pride in everything
they do and demand nothing less from the staff.
has drawn great response both in the dining and pizzeria, named
for a town in Sicily, near their home village. Peter, who worked
at an Italian specialty store before working for an uncle at a popular
restaurant in Port Jefferson Station for a decade, explains the
Commack restaurant started off as a pizzeria and storeroom for a
neighborhood bagel bakery.
the potential," he said of his menu, "in a wonderful town,
in the middle of a growing shopping district, people needed a place
where they can get away for a casual lunch or a relaxing dinner.
Our sauces are out of this world because we make them the traditional
way - with the best and freshest ingredients."
That also is
the way they redesigned the restaurant, including murals of the
Mediterranean seaside town to highlight the renovation. "We
put a lot of pride in everything we do because we love what we do
and our customers deserve it."
From his delicious
specialty pizzas to the popular dishes, which Peter lovingly describes,
customers are in for a treat at Taormina. Peter boasts about all
the dishes, but he highlighted entrees such as the Boneless Breast
of Scarpariella ($14.95) and a house creation, Breast of Chicken
Taormina, a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and
topped by roasted peppers, mushrooms and a light brown sauce ($17.95).
dishes get the brothers' special treatment, starting with Hot Antipasto
for two ($12.95); the wonder Pasta Fagioli ($4.95); seafood dishes
such as Zuppa di Pesce, with lobster tail, clams, shrimp,mussels,
scungilli and calamari over linguini, with hot or mild marinara
sauce and a salad ($23.50) and combos such as Stuffed Shells and
Eggplant Rollatine and a salad ($10.95) or the Chicken and Shrimp
Parmigiana, with spaghetti or salad ($14.95).
include the Linguine Marachiare ($13.95), Penne with Broccoli Rabe
($12.95), Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($16.95), Veal Rollatine Alla Marsala
($17.50), Broiled Rib Steak Pizzaiola ($18.95) and Grilled Rack
of Lamb or Chops ($21.95).
Directions: On the west side of the road, in the
Commack Plaza shopping center next to Macy's and Michael's just
south of the intersection with Jericho Turnpike.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday
and Saturday, to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Credit Cards: AE, MC, V.
Reservations: Not accepted, but a waiting list
Wheelchair Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Other: Catering to 50; off-premises catering; take-out;
trays; pizzeria; children's menu; Pasta Nights, Monday to Wednesday,
starting at $6.95; gift certificates; wine and beer.