What a find in East Meadow, NY
We were on our way from NJ to Nassau County to attend the wake of a dear friend's mother when we got caught in horrendous NYC Friday night traffic. We were hoping to grab a bite to eat beforehand, however bumper to bumper on the belt parkway made us rethink our plans as we had to be at the funereal home by 7pm.
The 4 of us decided to just find some place in the East Meadow area and dine after the viewing. I quickly went on to Open Table and a couple of restaurants popped up.. we made a reservation at Sacramone's on Hempstead Turnpike and hoped for the best.
All I can say is WOW... We walked in and the smell of fresh baked bread and oregano welcomed us. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable without being overwhelming. The first thing on our our table was a beautiful basket of breads including some focaccia which we couldn't get enough of.
We started with appetizers and salads.. A classic Caesar Salad which was perfectly balanced and NOT gooey. An Arugula, beet and shaved goat cheese salad (which was a special salad) dressed with a very tasty balsamic dressing was wonderful. We ordered 2 plates of the grilled octopus.. also a special.. Probably the best I've ever had... tender, perfectly grilled and very delicious.
All but one of our main courses were also off of the specials menu which included a veal special with roasted sundried tomatoes portabella mushrooms , Mahi Mahi in a caper/olive/wine sauce, Littleneck clams over linguini (regular menu) and homemade lasagna.
Every one of our dishes was extremely well prepared and absolutely delicious. The only disappointment was the side of mashed potatoes that were served with the veal and the Mahi. As my late grandmother would say "I wouldn't write home about it". This, however did not dampen our experience in any way. Also entrees were served with a side of spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic which was great.
At the end of the meal, the owner/chef Domenico came out to greet the diners and we found out that they have a 2nd restaurant in Astoria called Sac's Place. He say the East Meadow location has only been open about a year and they are doing well...
When I got home, I quickly googled them and sure enough the NY Times reviewed them in April 2012.. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/nyr.... No surprises here.. they also had an enjoyable experience...
If you live in the area, make this a favorite.. if you are traveling out in Long Island.. definitely eat there!
Sad to report one of the most bland meals I have encountered in a while.
"Cozze" Mussels in a "red sauce". A glass of water would have more flavor.
Pizza Margarita - wow. bland.
"Linguine con Vongole" - again, super bland.
"Gnocchi Ragu". Tiny portion of nothing.
"Piccolo Vongole Con Broccoli De Rape & Salsicci" - after dumping the entire ramekin of grated cheese onto this and a helping of stale red pepper flakes, it was nearly palatable.
Summary = Food dumbed down for the masses. The place was busy. Waitstaff unprofessional and off beat - not good.