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Sal's Lasagna is One of Top 10!
March 6, 2014
The vegetable lasagna here is particularly vibrant. The surprise is that it doesn't have any cheese, making it a good choice for vegans. Excutive chef Pedro Alvarez blanches and seasons zucchini, eggplant, roasted red peppers, carrots and broccoli. OVer a layer of marinara sauce goes another of the finely cut vegetables, which are topped with noodles; the layering is repeated. When ordered, a slab is heated in the oven before it's plated and topped with tomatoes sauce and chopped parsley. $14.95
Reviewed January 14, 2014
We eat at Sal's Restaurant almost every Friday evening. Sal's offers unique specials which are consistently terrific. The food is excellent and at a reasonable price. We always feel comfortable and welcomed. The staff takes pride in their restaurant with attentive and professional service. We are so happy we "discovered" Sal's. If you want authentic, homemade Italian food with great food, great service and great atmosphere, Sal's is the place to go.
Reviewed January 17, 2014
I had my wife's surprise party at Sal's. The staff was great when working the party and the food was excellent. All my guest really enjoyed their meals from the appetizers (Calamari ala Cherry Peppers, Sausage and Zucchini with melted Gorgonzola) to the main course choices. Sal was a great host and we enjoyed the time spent there for the party. Definitely be back.
“Sal's Ristorante is THE place to go!”
Reviewed January 16, 2014
For a romantic evening or a fun time with friends, Sal's Ristorante is the place to go! Dishes 5 stars; service 5 stars; atmosphere 5 stars!
You will be glad you came and be definitely be planning to go come back! flat pizza dough, baked crisp and topped with chopped salad and fresh mozzarella, or our homemade focaccia – soft baked bread slathered with hand-crushed tomatoes and garlic...hungry yet?
“Agreed! He Who Eats Well, Lives Well!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013
Made my way back into Long Island to discover that Sal's in Smithtown has been renamed. Known for his traditional home made Italian dishes, Sal continues to offer the best tasting Italian food on Long Island. From Clams Oreganata to Ocshi del Bue Arrabbiata each dish is prepared just right and spicy. The dining area setting is ideal for small or larger groups and a great place for even a romantic dinner. The bar offers a full dinner service as well as a great selection of carefully selected wines form great regions in Italy. Sal knows his wine! Located on the main drag of Smithtown and easy to find, I will make the trip back for another great meal.P.S., if you like Eggplant Parmigiana lightly dipped in batter then you will love this dish Sal prepares. A meal in itself.
Long Island Newsday Review
January 21, 2014 - Excerpts From Joan Reminick
A red exclamation point punctuates the sign of Sal's Ristorante, which brightens a bleak stretch of road in Smithtown. On wintry nights, the place has certain radiance, its butternut squash-colored walls hung with resolutely cheerful art. Settle into one of the comfortable upholstered booths and order a glass of wine -- plus a focaccia pillow. What you'll get is a big pouf of baked pizza dough topped with a zesty garlic, oil and herb mixture. Owner Salvatore Formica describes it as the fortunate outcome of a baking accident. Whatever its origins, it's hard to stop tearing off just another piece. Consider, as well, a personal-sized Napolitana Pizzetta whose puffy-crisp crust is crowned with a bright meld of tomato sauce and mozzarella Meat lasagna is a classic, respectfully rendered. Better yet, one night, is the vibrant vegetable lasagna. Executive chef Pedro Alvarez shows his skill in the pork chop ala cherry peppers -- thick, meaty, juicy and topped with a rousing marinara-hot pepper mix. Gnocchi Bolognese possesses that light, melting quality you look for in semolina dumplings. And occhi del bue arrabbiata -- short rigatoni in a spicy garlic and olive-laced red sauce -- delivers up just the right fiery kick. In the end, what puts the exclamation point on Sal's is its inherent warmth. It's where you want to be on a chilly night.
Sal's of Smithtown
Reviewed November 18, 2013
I have enjoyed the food tremendously, truly like home-made. I had stuffed artichokes that were just like mama makes!! We've been a few times and everyone has enjoyed their meal. The prices are reasonable. We've only sat inside and have not been there during busy times -- we've had good service and a really well prepared meal (in my opinion). It's our first place to think of when we want to go out for Italian food.
Reviewed November 18, 2013
Went to Sal's for a quick bite on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and was treated to an exceptional meal. Sal, the owner, was friendly and attentive as was his wife and daughter.
The reastaurant is clean & nicely appointed.
The sausage & zucchini appetizer was superb.
Both dinner specials ( Striped Bass with mussels/clams and the Lamb Chops ,were prepared perfectly. ) Will certainly be back...
“Great food, Great staff, Great atmosphere”
Reviewed November 16, 2013
Food is consistently excellent, as is the personalized attentive service. Sals staff definitely treats guests like family. The owner, Sal, makes it a point to personally say hello and ensure your experience is top notch. Calamari w/ Cherry Peppers is an OUTSTANDING appetizer. Pork chops, and chicken liver marsala, and the filet mignon special left everyone at out table completely satisfied. An after dinner aperitif at the beautiful bar and some good conversation with the owner wrapped up a wonderful dining experience. Anyone in the Commack-Hauppauge-Smithtown area should give it a try. Bon Apetite!
“A Hidden Gem in Smithtown”
Reviewed November 7, 2013
The service and overall family atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and inviting. The decor reminds me of being back in Italy. The quality of the food was delicious and the quantity more than sufficient. The specials the night I was there were the parmigian dishes.....great price for fantastic eggplant parm.....I look forward to eating at Sal's again and telling all of my friends about this hidden gem!!!
Sal's Ristorante Opens in Smithtown
October 15, 2013 - By Joan Reminick
Sal’s Ristorante replaces DiMaggio’s on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown. The original DiMaggio’s in Port Washington is under separate ownership and is open.
Executive chef Pedro Alvarez, who cooked at both DiMaggio’s locations over the past years, offers an Italian menu featuring such dishes as sausage and zucchini with melted Gorgonzola ($8.95), pizzetta Napolitana ($9.50), spaghetti and meatballs ($12.95), chicken rosemary ($15.95) and pork chop with cherry peppers ($17.95).
Owner Sal Formica said he expects to offer as specials such authentic Southern Italian dishes as pan-fried rabbit, tripe, spaghetti pie and pizza rustica.
One of the Best Kept Secrets in Smithtown
Reviewed October 8, 2013
Have eaten here a number of times and the food/service is always pretty good. The menu always has some unique specials and we have not gone wrong with ordering any of them. This place used to be "Dimaggio's" but it is now run by one the former partners Sal. Sal is good guy and a gracious host. His son's work as bus boys and are very pleasant young men. Give the place a try you won't be disappointed. Could probably try and advertise more as this place seems to be little known..but then again it may get crowded if they do...
Phone: 631-543-6000 Email: info@SalsOfSmithtown.com