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The Trattoria
The Trattoria

The Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kitchenatrattoria.com/
  • Phone: (631) 584-3518
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday- Friday Noon- 2pm

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5:00- 9:00pm
    Friday: 6:00- 9:00pm
    Saturday 5:30- 9:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00- 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Eric Lomando
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Catering: At Kitchen A Trattoria we offer private parties on premise for up to 32 people. We have several packages to best accommodate your needs. We also implement off-premise catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located 1/2 mile from the St. James station from the Long Island Railroad.
A word from The Trattoria
At The Trattoria we share our version of Italian American Cuisine. We strive to source the finest and freshest ingredients available on the American market, and prepare them with Italian sensibility. The food is rustic and soul satisfying. We continue to offer the same relaxed atmosphere, and come as you are, drink what you want hospitality that we bring you with The Trattoria.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I celebrated my birthday at The Trattoria. We chose to do the chef's tasting menu. All I can say is outstanding!! Thank you for making the day special. We will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent excellent excellent !!i love this restaurant. My fourth visit and we are already planning our next visit!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was great- all three of us had delicious meals. The homemade ricotta was delish and went well with the tasty bread. The meatball appetizer was fantastic! The BYOB policy works out great - it keeps the bill down. The waitress was friendly and the owner actually stopped by and chatted with us. I would definitely come here again. The only negative was that it was too light - and you looked out the window at the parking lot. I would put blinds or shades or drapes on the windows."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As expected here food was amazing. Service was as amazing but with such a comfortable laid back vibe. Highly recommend going here for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had an great meal in this tiny gem of a restaurant!!! The food was excellent. Will tell all my friends. Looking forward to returning again and again."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My husband said it was the best meal he ever had. Scallops with greek yogurt & pistachio, goat cheese ravioli, brasata & polenta, vanilla gelato with espresso and biscotti crumbles. His eyes almost fell out of his head when he saw the bill of $95 for the two of us. I think he took $300 out of the atm ( way under what he thought the total would be…nice surprise!) I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to encourage a crowd, but it was spectacular."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been here several times. Each time the food and service have been outstanding. The baked clams were moist and flavorful, and the Bronzino, perfectly prepared. In the past, we've had the ribs, which fall apart in your mouth, and numerous other entrees, all delicious. This little gem is surrounded by large but mediocre restaurants in the neighboring communities, and puts them all to shame. I highly recommend Trattoria."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My beautiful Wifey & I went out on a long overdue date night finally & my gorgeous wifey chose for us to go to Trattoria from a bunch of top rated restaurants I'd printed out for her to select from. Well from our magnificently friendly waitress greeting us & welcoming us into your fabulous restaurant right down to her helpful patient way as we pelted her with question after question regarding available choices on the menu, we felt so comfortable...and then the magic began! With each taste of delectable food both our reactions basically shouted "AMAZING!!!" Our taste buds literally were dancing with delight with each & every mouthful of each and every bit of food we both had ordered!!! Trattoria has now become an immediate favorite for us!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "great flavors lots of choices would certainly recommend"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We head to The Trattoria for all of our special occasions. Their food is the best Italian this side of the Atlantic! Knowledgable wait staff, courteous service...the best!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent with grat service. The room is small and if there are noisy tables it can make it difficult to hear conversations."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Yet again....an outstanding experience. Food was AMAZING! Cannot wait to go again."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a tiny 10 table Italian trattoria with seasonal changes to the menu that never leaves you wanting more."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food at this place is fabulous. Nothing fancy, but everything is perfectly prepared! The restaurant is a hole in the wall, you bring your own wine, and you can only pay with cash. And the service is indifferent. But the food. Wow!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Can't wait to return. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The Trattoria never fails to provide great food. The ever-changing menu is always a great success. The Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce is always delicious. This past visit we tried Black Pasta with Calamari which provided just enough spice on the tongue, but left no "after burn". Just the right amount of heat. The Pork loin with creamy mashed potatoes had the most flavorful sauce. Bring your own wine and be ready to be amazed. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We took a relatively new couple we know to this restaurant last week. They had never been there. We all had something different and we all enjoyed our meals. They were very impressed. We will definitely recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This was our 4th time at The Trattoria (formerly Kitchen a Trattoria). We have never been disappointed! The Black Pasta with Calamari in a Spicy Tomato Sauce and Cortecce with Lamb Ragu were excellent. The main courses were just as wonderful ( Pork loin and Brasato). If there was any slight downgrade, it was the bread pudding. It was slighly bland and doughy, but that is being picky. The cheesecake was very good. Will definitely return for a 5th (6th, 7th ....) time."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food is great. They have a nice selection and you can bring your own bottle. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "byob no cover, fabulous food with a diverse menu.....can't go wrong here!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I'm so glad St. James has a new restaurant energy! Great food, bring your own wine and great service. What else can you ask for? The place is very small so reserverations are highly recommended"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The gnocchi was light, tender melt in your mouth goodness with chicken meatballs, a crispy green and a mushroom sauce. The black pasta with squid in a spicy tomato sauce was spot on. The squid tender, fresh pasta and excellent sauce with just the right amount of kick. The asparagus risotto was as delicious as ever. The eggplant parmigiana is super thin tender eggplant layered with sauce and parmesan cheese served piping hot. The cheesecake is a round presentation of very soft, delectable cheesecake type with a hint of lemon topped with raspberry compote. Not your typical cheesecake in a very good way. The vanilla and chocolate creme brûlée is right on point. Great attention to detail. A true pleasure. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "All the outstanding reviews The Trattoria received were well deserved. The food and service were outstanding. I thought the small space or sparse interior might take away from the experience but it did not. Everyone raves about the food (rightly so) but the service impressed me as well. I came in for a 8:30 reservation, and by the end of the meal there was only one other table occupied. The staff never rushed us or gave us the impression we were being pushed out the door so they could close. They didn't hover, or ignore us either. The food came to our table right from the kitchen area (a few feet away) too hot to eat - how often does that happen in a restaurant? I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week, but they served their regular menu, not one just for restaurant week, which was a nice surprise. The review I had read gave the food a great review, but noted that the restaurant itself was not in a great location (a shopping mall), which it is. Once you go inside, however, you will get a great meal. Everyone in my party ordered something different - including meatballs braised in tomato sauce on polenta, brasato, skate, panna cotta with blackberry compote and flourless chocolate almond cake - and each person raved about what they got. The place is small, don't think it holds more than 30 people, so be sure to make a reservation and BYOB!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a delicious dinner. The meatball/polenta appetizer was very tasty. I enjoyed the pork roast, and the brasato was outstanding! We are still talking about it days later. We will definitely return and we recommend The Trattoria highly. Don't miss the homemade ricotta! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Trattoria is one of our favorite restaurants - our only wish is that we could dine there more often! Cudos to everyone that helps to make it such a special place."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Think of a private room which a few of you friends that's about the size of the place. The food and service were just great. BYOB definitely a plus. Great baked clams amongst many other dishes. Make reservations for the weekends well in advance it's a must try! "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Another excellent dinner at Trattoria. On this evening, we dined with another couple with dietary restrictions. The restaurant would accommodate my friends needs. The asparagus risotto was creamy,well cooked rice with sweet asparagus pieces and was decadent and delicious. The pasta with lamb ragu was served hot, tender lamb in a good sauce with a good sized portion. The lasagna and eggplant Parm were both exceptional in taste and temperature. The trout over heirloom barley with a red wine mushroom sauce is the same as a subsequent. The trout is very good with a crispy skin served over barley, mushroom, sauce. Desserts of flour less almond chocolate cake with vanilla gelato and the lemon cheesecake with raspberries was the standout. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Small and very informal room (we had the only table with a tablecloth). Tables pretty closely spaced. Food, on the other hand, belies the informality...very well prepared, interesting, and reasonably priced.service friendly."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "All the food was outstanding. The clams oreganato were top notch. The asparagus risotto was rich, creamy with sweet pieces of asparagus. The pasta with sausage and kale was piping hot and delicious. For entrees we had the brook trout over heirloom barley and mushrooms in a red wine sauce and lasagne. The fish was prepared well with crispy skin with the sauce giving almost a comfort food vibe. The lasagne arrived in a volcanic dish and was phenomenal. Fresh pasta, great balance, really great. For dessert the Creme brûlée was outstanding and the tiramisu (which came in a cute jar) was just average. The Trattoria is anything but. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Out of the last five birthdays, I think we've celebrate here four of them. The food is always spot on, the staff, friendly and accommodating. The BYOB helps keep the prices in line and the never charge a corkage fee. We were wondering if the quality would hold up after the Chef bought the place from the original owners. It was every bit as delicious, fun and wonderful! It's not the most beautiful restaurant inside, but I always liken it to eating in the kitchen of your most talented friends :-)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Difficult to find, but delightful to go to. The food is good, but the menu is not varied, so check before you go, if you have dietary needs."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "What a pleasure to dine in a restaurant where every morsel is superb! Extremely attentive, polite, courteous service. Excellent food from beginning to end! Desserts awesome! Definitely a must on everyone's "bucket list"!!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The setting is very low key--wooden tables without tablecloths, tiny area (total 26 patrons-I counted chairs) -feels like a country kitchen. This is not said in a negative way--it has a charming feeling. More to the point, the food is excellent, AND you bring your own wine with no corkage fee. Four of us had prix fixe dinners. There is a wide selection for this. We started with very good pastas, and I had a main dish similar to short ribs. Portions were big enough to take some home, and of excellent quality. Desserts were all good. The chef recently bought the restaurant, and he's trying to keep everything to a high standard.On Wednesday evening, there were empty tables, and there shouldn't be. It's worth a trip."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at this little gem. Food is always delicious and adventurous. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant. BYOB makes it affordable gourmet dining."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unfortunately for us the cramped conditions in this tiny restaurant takes away from the experience. The baked clams were good but I was surprised there was no lemon served with them - they needed a bit of acid to round out the taste. The entrees were very good. This was only our first time but as a group of wine aficionados (eight of them) were seated nearby it got VERY loud. On a good note you can bring your own wine and there is no corking fee - I did not see a bar so you need to bring your own."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This little gem is a perfect place to dine with your special someone or a best friend! The food is awesome & the service is spectacular! My husband & I wish we could go there once a week!! Please, please don't change a thing!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Last time we visited we had one of the best restaurant desserts I've ever eaten; the goat cheese panna cotta with mascerated oranges - please bring this back! To our delight, our favorite entree from our first visit was still on the ever-changing menu; the black pasta with calamari in a spicy tomato sauce. The cream of mushroom soup was rich and just what I needed on that rainy evening. The tagliatelle with suckling pig very much. However, the vanilla bean panna cotta with blackberries (which we settled on after understanding the one made of goat cheese was no longer available) was a disappointment at best. It was neither soft nor smooth but a slimy jello mold with a strange sauce. The flourless almond cake with chocolate chips was good."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great place, but very small. Reservations a must. Love the BYOB and cash only. Tables are very close and conversation levels are high, everyone trying to be heard. Food is delicious - worth the visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It is one of my favorite restaurants. Food always innovative, fresh and delectable. Love the atmosphere. Like a kitchen (it is a kitchen, really) and the staff is truly accommodating, offering to prepare an entrée to my satisfaction without having to request a change. BYOB policy with no corking fee gives it great value. We always consider that when tipping. Don't mind the location in a simple tucked away strip. It adds to the bohemian quality and decadence of the experience. Spoke with the chef who seemed humble and a master of his art. Am looking forward to going back to celebrate another birthday next month. If you appreciate excellent food from fish to pasta to meat with a flair for the not mundane, don't miss this gem!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014