Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY
Sunday night (of last week) I had dinner with my sister in-law, my nephew and my wife. I have been here a few time over the past few years even before there was such a thing as Covid and I always find me way back here. That’s because the chef never seems to disappoint me.
We arrived just a tad before 6pm and we were all promptly seated. Although, the restaurant had quite a few guests, although it was not the packed, with a long line as I remember from a few years ago. I think at its busiest it was three-quarters full. They did seem to have enough staff, as we felt well-attended to as the waiter was at our table often enough to keep our water glasses filled at the very least.
When the waiter first arrived, he was carrying a basket of bread and butter for the table, nice. Then as we perused the menu’s he brought over warm focaccia bread (pictured below). It was then that we ordered our first course. We ordered the very large chopped salad for the table.
The salad appeared faster than I could have anticipated. It was served family style along with separate salad plates. My wife dished out the salad rather than passing around the great big bowl. It came with a delicious creamy balsamic dressing. There were four of us and more than enough salad to justify the $21 price tag. Just don’t fill up on salad because you will miss out on eating their amazing and huge portioned entrees.
Jennifer ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo. This is a favorite of mine as well. However, I ordered the Homemade Rigatoni Chicken Marsala. This is small bites of Chicken, mushrooms, Sicilian Marsala wine sauce, homemade mozzarella and fresh made pasta. My Nephew, Adam, ordered The Rigatoni St Terese with homemade pasta. Rigatoni St Terese is Chicken, fresh spinach, pink tomato cream sauce, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. This too I have had many times. Yum! Lastly, Debbie ordered the Eggplant Parmesan. This comes with a side of spaghetti with tomato sauce.
The entrees arrived shortly after are salad was gone but not too quickly that I felt rushed. My Chicken Marsala was delicious and I paired it with a huge glass of Peroni beer that went perfectly. They even presented it in a Peroni beer glass which added an extra nice touch. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Unfortunately, none of us had ANY room left for dessert. The meal was spectacular and the service was terrific. Even the bill was not astronomical for the amount of food we received. I do like to have a large portion with left overs to take home.
I highly recommend Emilio’s for not only dinner but their pizza is also excellent! I also recommend reservations on a Friday (date night), Saturday or Sunday.
So if you go, tell them The Drunken Chef sent you or maybe not, they may think I’m just a pain in the ass.
Here is to your good eating, good wine, and good health,
The Drunken Chef