Morini Long Island and Upcoming Negroni Week

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Morini Long Island is the Long Island branch of the famous and highly regarded Osteria Morini from chef Michael White, with its flagship location in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. With Morini Long Island, Altamarea Group is now bringing the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy to Roosevelt Field Mall and its new Restaurant Collection. This is one of my favorite spots on the Island and Osteria Morini Long Island has quickly become one of the best Italian restaurants on Long Island.

The Inspiration

Emilia-Romagna is known as the Italian Breadbasket – the birthplace of some of the flavors and ingredients most commonly associated with Italian cuisine worldwide: it’s the birthplace of prosciutto, mortadella, Parmigiano, and balsamic vinegar. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests. And they do all of this delicious comfort food and more!

Morini Long Island

Morini Long Island Delivers a Great Experience

The restaurant is one of the nicest on the local food scene. It has a very homey feel, with touches of rustic charm mixed with a more contemporary and industrial edge. Their renowned fresh-made pasta is the star of the show. It wouldn’t be the best decision to not at least share a pasta dish with the table. You can also delicious cured meats, fresh fish, and prime cuts of meat to enjoy as well. It is the perfect place to share and try different dishes with a wine list that is both approachable and varied.

The dining room is beautiful, there’s outdoor dining, and now you can even now order their delectable desserts for pickup at the Morini Bakeshop!

The Food

I love Italian restaurants and I love Italian food, both Italian-American or true Italian. It’s my absolute #1. Here, the focus of the menu is the foods of Emilia-Romagna, which are world-renowned. Among these amazing specialties are prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, Parmesan cheese,  balsamic vinegar, and a whole host of amazing pasta based on the “sfoglia,” a freshly made sheet of egg pasta.

For appetizers, the light and crispy fried calamari, the ultra-creamy burrata, and the seared octopus were all great ways to start.

Micheal White is all about the pasta, which is very delicate and well done, with wonderful, balanced flavors. He is famous for it, and it shows. While the pasta, including the tagliatelle with bolognese ragù and Parmigiano, was excellent, the Cappelletti (truffle ricotta ravioli, butter, prosciutto) was not only the star here but one of the best pasta dishes I and my friends and family have ever had.

The entrees were all excellent as well. The surprise for me was how excellent the chicken parmigiana was. Sure, it was the basic formula of breaded chicken breast, mozzarella, and basil with rigatoni Pomodoro, but it really shined. The cutlet was ultra-light and crispy, cleared fried, and plated within minutes of being served with a bright tomato sauce.

This is delicious comfort food that’s approachable cuisine in the finest of Italian traditions.

Osteria Morini Long Island
Cappelletti (Source:

Dining at the Bar

Dining at the bar is particularly well done at this spot. The open kitchen is partially lit but open enough to enjoy all the craziness going on inside it. The bartenders and friendly staff are all quite engaged, charming, and highly professional. There are a number of negronis on tap, a really good all-Italian wine list, and Emilia-Romagna’s sparkling wine, Lambrusco.

Dining at the bar is always a great way to get a nice feel for a place and this is no different. It’s something I highly recommend, no matter the size of your party.

Happy Hour

One of the great aspects of Morini Long Island is its Happy Hour. Every Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (that’s nice), Happy Hour here is a great experience. Be prepared to nosh on a wonderful Antipasto Platter that includes 24-month prosciutto di parma Parmigiano gelato and marinated olives. There’s also fried calamari, prosciutto & mortadella meatballs, three types of crostini, and parmigiano fingerling potatoes. Other than getting all three crostinis, the plates are $10 and under.

To match the light fare, enjoy $5 draft beers, $9 draft Negronis, $5 draft wines, and more. You could easily spend 6 hours here, just enjoying life. Just saying.

Morini Long Island

Negroni Week

Drink for a good cause from September 13th – September 19th at Morini Long Island and all Osteria Morini locations. The specially curated Negroni menu below will be served with a portion of the proceeds benefitting City Harvest.

Check out the menu:

    • Bombay dry gin, Campari, Cinzano vermouth
  2. HELL’S BELLS $17
    • mezcal, campari, cocchi rosa
    • russell’s reserve 10 yr bourbon, Campari, Cinzano 1757
Osteria Morini Long Island
Source: Morini Email Newsletter

For More Information

Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, L.I., NY 11530  

Find out more by calling 516-604-0870 or by visiting

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