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Limoncello Trattoria & Bar

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Limoncello FreeportSome of Freeport’s attractions for visiting boaters are the village’s vibrancy, gatherings of fun-loving people, and street-level seafood and refreshments. However, when you want to escape the fabled Nautical Mile vitality and enjoy a relaxed meal, Limoncello offers such a respite.

This Italian restaurant’s attentive service and stylish interior give it an old-world feel. The wonderful aromas are transporting, too — if you had a Nona with a brick oven in her kitchen. Though I did not, nothing could stop me from savoring Limoncello.

The bread, cheese, and olive oil served when we sat down made perusing the menu a pleasure. Starters include an antipasto platter, raw bar selections, or antipasti including crab cakes, mussels alla diablo, oysters Parmigiana, artichokes alla Romano, or fritto misto. Salads include seafood, Caesar, black kale, and a refreshing watermelon and tomato salad with mint and olives.

My dining companion has a fondness for chicken Parmigiana. Two bites into his entrée, he was singing the praises of Limoncello’s poultry, sauce, and cheese combination, served with a side of spaghetti. Other main courses include whole lobster, pan-seared salmon, shrimp scampi, and filet mignon. Whether you treat pasta as a lead-in course or your entrée, you’ll find appetizing choices including spaghetti and meatballs, orecchiette, black linguini, frutti di mare, and ravioli primavera.

Pizza offerings are tantalizing. Bianca with prosciutto, sausage and broccoli rabe, and margherita pizza are made with mozzarella, and wild mushrooms adorn fontina cheese. I asked what the chef could prepare for a vegan meal and was offered a pasta primavera or a pizza with vegetables. As I’m partial to pizza, I opted for that. I was treated to a crispy and bubbly crust under an appealing sauce — both perfect accompaniments to the large array of vegetables sitting on top.

Desserts include Italian and American cheesecake, tiramisu, cannoli, gelato, and fruity sorbet, perhaps accompanied by a dessert wine from the extensive bar.

The restaurant has its own slips — the maître d’ recommends you call before boating over to ensure there’s an available slip. If you’re looking for both tasty Italian food and a taste of Freeport’s liveliness, request a table on Limoncello’s deck. Along with the boats of all shapes and sizes passing along Woodcleft Canal, you’ll often hear musicians performing on the restaurant’s patio.

 

Limoncello Trattoria & Bar 

229 Woodcleft Avenue

Freeport

516-223-9600

 

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