The Bottom Line
- Excellent food
- Good service
- Good presentation
- Cozy atmosphere
- Not for those on a budget (but specials are available)
- Bel Posto address: 15 New Street, Huntington, NY
- Phone: (631) 421-4600
- Prices: expensive, but the prix fixe dinner is a good value.
- Bel Posto Ristorante – Enoteca website
- Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12-3. Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5-10, Fri 5-11, Sat 4-11, Sun 3-9. Sunday brunch: 11-3
Guide Review - Bel Posto Restaurant Review
"Bel Posto" means "beautiful place" in Italian, and this is an apt name for this upscale, contemporary Italian restaurant. Soft lighting, wooden floors and an exposed brick wall all contribute to a relaxing dining experience.
Starters include Formaggi, the Italian word for cheese, and the options range from fresh buffalo mozzarella to Long Island goat cheese and more. Their antipasti section includes excellent mussels with roasted garlic, white wine and parsley, and I thoroughly enjoyed the grilled wild mushroom flatbread, although it made it difficult to finish my entree since it was so hearty and delicious. The fried artichokes with lemon aioli are also a good choice of appetizer.
The fresh ricotta gnocchi was delightful. This potato flour pasta came with a satisfying, rich sauce created from walnuts, zucchini, red onion and goat cheese. Portions are ample and well-presented. Other delectable pasta courses include farfalle (bowtie pasta) with spicy sausage, chick peas, broccoli rabe, tomato and reggiano. Their mushroom ravioli comes with full-flavored wild mushrooms, prosciutto and sage in a fragrant Madeira sauce.
I can never make it past the first pasta course, but the Secondi range from roasted salmon to seared yellowfin tuna, chicken paillard and more -- for those who can eat their way through a full course of Italian bounty.
There's always room for dessert, and my dining companions and I especially enjoyed the olive oil almond cake topped with orange vanilla syrup and served with mascarpone gelato. Although the combination of olive oil and cake may be unexpected, the oil imparted a luscious taste and feel to the savory almonds. Other sweet delights to conclude your meal include a rich pumpkin cheesecake served with spiced whipped cream and creme Anglaise, a to-die for tiramisu, and more.