Opening of the Italian restaurant Nunzi’s in Farmingdale
When it comes to Italian restaurants on Long Island, we have cuisines from Sicily to Tuscany and beyond. Nunzi’s in Farmingdale is now inspired by modern Italian from the Campagnia area (Naples is the capital), inspired by the owner The late grandfather of Michael Napolitano.
âHe was cut from a different fabric. He was old school – one of those guys who wore costumes to his doctor’s appointments,â Napolitano recalls of his grandfather, whose nickname was Nunzi who was growing.
The family affair goes further: Napolitano’s mother, StÃ©phanie, greets customers at the front door on weekends; Brother Vincent Jr. will probably take your order. Their father, Vincent, who ran restaurants and sports bars in Manhattan, acts as a consultant. At least once a week, Napolitano’s grandmother, Haydee, is in the kitchen “teaching guys” how to cook using her recipes for specialties such as Eggplant Parmesan. His potato and egg recipes, and chicken chop hero recipes, will debut on the soon to be launched restaurant’s lunch menu. A long-time friend of the family, Thomas Vitale is co-owner.
Located below the Fairfield Knolls Apartments, the restaurant is a short walk from the LIRR (its tiny signage is easy to miss) and exudes a Manhattan vibe. Inside you’ll find a chic black interior illuminated by neon signs and glitzy bubble glass fixtures.
Its instagrammable details include a gold leaf painted wall with hand carved roses and butterflies, a mix and match tile path, and oversized hand painted portraits of The Rat Pack, Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci and the man behind it all: Nunzi. âThe number one thing,â Napolitano said of Nunzi’s philosophy, is that âyour phone does everything before you do.
Executive Chef Marc Wisehart offers stuffed Italian peppers, pizzas topped with clams or scarpariello, cacio e pepe and Grandma’s mixed grill, consisting of pork tenderloin, chicken breast and salmon wrapped in prosciutto .
More modern versions of the classics include Limoncello wings, “rotolo di uova” (egg rolls stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli and cheese), as well as “cheesestaks” with grated rib eye, American cheese. , caramelized onions, garlic aioli and cherry peppers. served on Italian bread.
Diners can complete their meals with the Tiramisu Blast, a rainbow cookie cake with a tiramisu filling covered in white chocolate truffle.
Nunzi’s is at 125 Secatogue Ave., in Farmingdale. It is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays until midnight; Saturdays from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info: 516 586-8447; nunzis1274.com