Since 1992, Matteo's has hewed closely to one of Long Island's most successful dining models, family-style Italian: reasonably priced red-sauce cooking served in portions big enough to yield an extra lunch or two. But earlier this year, Gennaro Sbarro, who took over from the original owners in 2008, decided it was time to freshen the concept. Accordingly, the dining room has gone from drab to fab, a blend of marble, wood and stone that is contemporary, cool and comfortable.
The kitchen is now under the command of Anthony Martarana, whose resumé includes the Brass Rail in Locust Valley and Park Place in Floral Park. Martarana hasn't dropped any popular items but has added New American and modern Italian dishes. But never fear, portions are still enormous
“I went there since they renovated the place the food was great the service was amazing I would def be back and would recommend this place to all my friends.”- Simin M.
“Decor and service are fantastic. We were happy that it was well lit (I find most places are too dim to the point where you can't read the menu) but not too bright. I love the openness of the high ceilings and well spaced tables. Service is friendly but not intrusive.
Food was great as well. Seafood is fresh and cooked just right. Portions are big as well. There's a lot to choose from as well. I highly recommend.”- Anisah B.
“Just outstanding food and service. Tell Chris you are friend of Fran and yo will be treated like royalty. Just what you want a local place to be......GREAT.....”- Bern D.