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King Umberto in Elmont, LI --what's good there?

  • janie Jun 3, 2010 04:50 PM
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Going there for the first time, really dug the eyewitness news feature a few weeks ago--what are the best seafood dishes? How's their shrimp francese or scampi? Seems like the fried cappellini and risotto cakes are a must try..thanks for some advice from some locals in the area..

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King Umberto
1339 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont, NY 11003

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  1. well, we went for first time early this evening, and so I can answer my own post...this place is amazing, I don't understand the lack of posts on chowhound about it. When you talk about inexpensive, fresh quality, authentic, earthy unpretentious Italian food, this place should be a #1 pick. Appetizers: fried cappelini--cappelini with ricotta fried, with side of marinara sauce so light yet rich--similar to fried ravioli's from Sorriso's in Astoria--Risotto Cakes, gorgonzoli, roasted vegetables risotta fried, and put on top of filetto sauce with prosciutto--fantastic--

    Rosa Fettucini--mixed seafood medley, the clams were so fresh--shrimp, scallops, olive oil based sauce with touch of marinara--huge portion, wonderful--

    Shrimp Scampi with linguini--5 large butterflied shrimp, delicous.

    Came with small house salad, fresh great dressing, radicchio, lettuce, and shallots, fresh tomato wedge

    Child's ziti with meatballs, large portion--They are very child friendly, gave out crayons and little baseball card pack, and coloring pamphlet. Of course in a restaurant like this, we always go early around 5pm when there aren't so many people. By the time we left at about 6:40pm the place was filling up quickly.

    Garlic bread sticks served before, so tasty--

    Service Excellent and accomodating, comfortable old world place--

    Main course under $20, with salad, appetizers under $11

    This place is a gem. Can't wait to go back. This is the kind of place you take your folks, or picky eaters, or anyone who appreciates classic style Italian--It's not a red sauce joint by any means, someone in the kitchen has a very deft hand, and there is finesse in all the dishes. We headed to Nassau Coliseum to see the Curious George show following dinner, so this is a great predinner spot if you're heading out that way on Hempstead Turnpike. And by the way, the pizza looked great at their pizzaria takeout next door..will hit that place up next for a comprehensive survey. If you haven't been, definitely check the place out. Saw the 7 online feature on them, and that's why we went, and so glad we did.

    http://www.kingumberto.com/

    1. King Umberto sure has it's followers.

      While in Elmont, you might want to try Gino's on Dutch Broadway. Great pizza. Great food!

      Gino's
      1615 Dutch Broadway
      Elmont, NY 11003
      (516) 561-6664