388 Restaurant has found the formula for success that so many prior tenants of this address had failed to accomplish. Under the direction and guidance of a talented team of former partners of Matteo’s in Roslyn, 388 is an exciting addition to the Roslyn culinary scene. Matt Sorrentino and his people have created a family friendly environment along with a sophisticated ambiance on Willis Avenue. The restaurant specializes in homestyle Northern Italian cooking along with
an assortment of specialty dishes to round out their menu.
The evening we visited, we were greeted by Anthony, Matt’s young partner who gave us some background on his culinary experience in every phase of the restaurant’s operation and some great suggestions on 388’s specialty dishes.
Our culinary adventure at 388 began with an assortment of delicious appetizers:
–A Caesar Salad- romaine lettuce and large crispy croutons dressed with parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing.
–Stuffed Artichoke-Each leaf filled with delightfully seasoned buttery bread crumbs and garlic
–Clams Oreganata- petite clams, covered with seasoned bread crumbs, in a light buttery garlic sauce. – just a little heavy on the bread crumbs.
For our main course we chose a pasta and a poultry dish:
Linguine Marechiara– A large bowl brimming over with clams, shrimp, garlic cloves, and linguine in a light tomato sauce.
A great dish with just enough garlic to prevent any “vampires” being bothersome!
Chicken Scarpiello– On the bone, Wings, Drumsticks, and breast meat broiled and seasoned to perfection.
Although we had eaten more than enough, we had to sample : chocolate mousse pie, and an apple crumb tart both topped with vanilla ice cream.
The restaurant is still evolving and will go through some extensive renovations and additions in the spring of 2012.
The wait staff was cordial but not overly attentive, but Matt and Anthony were terrific and made us feel at home and welcome.Valet parking is available.
Congratulations to Matt and his partners for bringing another great “taste of Italy” to the North Shore of Long Island.
388 Restaurant – 388 Willis Avenue, Roslyn, NY Tel: 516-621-3888
Catering, takeout and parties are a specialty of the house.
Come and enjoy….Mangia!