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Trattoria Diane, Roslyn, NY - Restaurant Review

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Trattoria Diane, Roslyn, NY - Roasted duck with basil walnut wild rice and tart cherry sauce.

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

The Bottom Line

Housed in a cozy, two-story setting, Trattoria Diane features exceptional Cucina Romana - Roman-style Italian food that is well presented, masterfully cooked and served with care. Mouthwatering appetizers set the scene for savory entrees and delectable desserts. Their wine list is excellent, and you can purchase by the bottle or glass. From tempting, homemade pasta to seafood, meat, duck and more, the extensive menu has something to please every palate. On Sundays, budget-conscious diners can enjoy an excellent prix fixe dinner including appetizer, main course and dessert at a good price. (Call for current prices.)

Pros

  • Excellent food and ample menu
  • Artistic presentation
  • Attentive service
  • Good wine list
  • Valet parking

Cons

  • First floor tables are close together (request an upstairs seating)

Description

  • Trattoria Diane address: 21 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn, NY
  • Phone: (516) 621-2591
  • Website: Trattoriadiane.com
  • Cuisine: Cucina Romana - Roman-style Italian
  • Dinner Hours: Tu-Th 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri 5:30-10 p.m., Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m., Sunday Supper Prix Fixe 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Guide Review - Trattoria Diane, Roslyn, NY - Restaurant Review

Trattoria Diane serves savory Roman-style Italian fare against the backdrop of a two-story building decorated in muted tones and boasting tall windows. We found the first floor's tables a bit too close to each other, so I recommend reserving seating on the second floor. Tables feature softly glowing votive candles and cloth napkins and tablecloths, and the ground floor is covered in reddish-brown bricks for a rustic yet upscale feel.

We sampled several of Trattoria Diane's excellent appetizers. One featured a unique blend of shredded Brussels sprouts, flavored with lemon and Pecorino cheese. The roasted beets with ricotta cheese were a tasteful blend of hearty flavors. Not to be missed are the breaded, fried artichokes with lemon.

We also had a sampling of the butternut squash ravioli with butter, sage and amaretti. I remarked to the waiter that this was the best pasta that I'd ever tasted. The fresh, homemade pasta featured a sublime blend of flavors incorporating the sweet taste of butternut squash with the luscious mouthfeel of butter enhanced by fresh sage.

My husband enjoyed the roasted duck, accompanied by a serving of savory basil walnut wild rice, and served in a thick, deep-red cherry sauce made from a reduction of tart cherries, vinegar and stock. A friend of ours was dining with us and proclaimed the meal "duck-adently delicious" after taking a bite.

The pan seared diver scallops were tender and tasteful, served in a colorful yellow-orange sauce with a mix of corn, asparagus, mushroom, tomatoes and basil.

Our friend ordered one of the specials -- the delicately herbed, grilled branzino (European sea bass), which he thoroughly enjoyed because of its flaky yet hearty flavors.

Save room for dessert. There are at least 10 different ways to conclude your meal with Trattoria Diane's list of "dolci." The chocolate mousse pie is a delicate, mouthwatering dessert with a chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream on the side. Also recommended is the three berry pie, a full-flavored slice of heaven served with a rich raspberry sauce and whipped cream.

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