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About La Bussola Ristorante

Genuine Italian charm & classic Italian cuisine is what you can expect at this popular restaurant, a landmark for 25 years. A beautiful wood bar leads you into the main dining room that is divided into two sections. Candlelight & fresh flowers on every table, complete the romantic, sophisticated atmosphere.

When you arrive, a combination of warm brick oven, semolina & raisin fennel breads are at your table. Each dish is prepared to order using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes are Osso Bucco, Veal Chop a la Bussola, Red Snapper Livornese, Chicken Campagnola, & Lobster alla Fra Diavolo. Homemade desserts are luscious Italian cheesecake, Napoleon, & their incredible tiramisu. An exceptional wine list features selections from Italy, California & Chile.

You'll receive a warm welcome from the owners & staff of this well established landmark serving authentic Italian cuisine. The professional wait staff, who has been with the family for many years, know the customers.

40 School Street
Glen Cove, NY 11542
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 671-2100

Website:
http://www.labussolaristorante.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

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La Bussola Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (7)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Ah, La Bussola - The service was outstanding, having that great quality of attentiveness without being intrusive. Wine list is very moderately priced and offers some good values. The food was excellent, served piping hot ( not having been waiting under a heat lamp) and the portions very very large. All in all, an outstanding neighborhood gem well worth a long trip to get there!
And the prices, i thought, were much lower than i expected - in fact, much better than many of the other restaurants in the area - and i am very frequent restaurant patron, usually 2 - 3 times a week!
We'll be back in a week or so - you should too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Worth the trip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was very poor. Waited almost a hour for our appetizers and over a hour for our entres.
After two complaints, they did comp. our entres. Dinners were very good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We dined here during LI Restaurant Week. Their Price Fix options were excellent. I looked at their regular menu just to peek and it was filled with great options. We started with chopped baked clams that were awesome and a Ceasar salad that exceeded expectations. It was recommended by our server, I think Brandon was his name.
My girlfriend has the Branzino and I had the veal. Both dishes were fantastic.
The service was excellent, attentive without being intrusive.
We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was truly exceptional. Can't wait to go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Warm and friendly atmosphere. Very good food (and lots of it) make this a great LI spot for Italian cuisine. Highly recommended.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very good food, big entrees. Decor is ok. Not noisy. Server forgot one item. Took a while to get the check. Friendly staff and maitre d'.
I do love the food! Big drinks!
A winner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

good choice, but the service is a little slow. good food and reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious food and great service

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time here. The food was excellent, the staff super friendly. Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our go to restaurant for birthdays and anniversaries or even just a weeknight dinner. Food is always delicious and service very professional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great service with great food

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

First timer and was really looking forward to the meal. The menu is very exciting, and it was hard to choose from so many interesting things. I'll certainly return as most of the food was good, but for the money, some things could have been better. For example, the burrata was the hardest, driest burrata I have ever had, and I've had a lot. The salad had too much dressing and the salmon, a very fresh, good sized piece of fish, was a little too oversauced; I guess I just prefer simpler foods. My partner, however, was very pleased with the scallops and risotto. The service was wonderful and we enjoyed our desserts. Like everything else, you just have to make the right choices!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Fantastic service and food! Feel like your the only customer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was very good; perhaps a bit too much garlic for my taste but still very tasty. Crowded on a Friday evening with a few large groups. Service was excellent and public parking is adjacent to the restaurant. A very friendly ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

La Bussola never fails. The food was wonderful!!! The service terrific and the ambiance perfect. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The best old school Italian on Long Island! Friendly staff that makes your feel at home and all around great atmosphere. Great dining experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always a good meal at La Bussola. Food and service was excellent as always !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We have been here several times. Never disappoints. Food & service are exceptional!!! Beautiful atmosphere as well!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Always a fantastic meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Very nice for casual dining. It falls short on ambience, but is nice for a good meal with good service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent food. A bit pricey but worth it for the high quality

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Wonderful food, service. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. The food is excellent.
This will be my go to place in Glen Cove.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant. Close your eyes and point a finger at the menu; you can't go wrong. We've had most of the items on the menu and all have been great. To single out one or two would be unfair to those unnamed. If this review prompts you to try La Bussola, you will be forever grateful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Very plentiful menu, respectable wine list relaxing atmosphere and great service.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Fabulous food with professional service. Whole fish was perfection and the seafood entree Frutti Di Mare is delicious, I had it over pasta. No one makes a better chocolate cake.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

My boyfriend took our families to La Bussola for my birthday and it was great from start to finish. The wait staff was extremely attentive, flexible, patient, and helpful - giving us suggestions, repeating specials, and checking in often. The food was absolutely delicious. We had a number of appetizers from fried mozzarella to salad to grilled octopus, etc. and we enjoyed all of it. Everyone's entrees were exceptional. They then sang to me and presented me with a homemade napoleon cake - the best, most fresh, light, delicious napoleon I have ever had. It was amazing! This is definitely a great choice (though expensive) to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion as it is consistently excellent (it had come recommended to me by multiple people). Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

They always treat us like family! Very accommodating! The chef will make any dish even if it's not on the menu!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Great atmosphere; very good Italian cuisine. It's also a restaurant at which you and your companion can have a conversation without having to shout at each other. Highly reccomended.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

When we arrived there were so many tables available and the hostess wanted to seat us an an undesirable table by an entrance. The service was terrible. We were ignored by the waiter. The sauce for the fried mozzarella balls was ice cold and we couldn't get the waiters attention.
I used to be regular at La Bussola for years but haven't been there for awhile.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The food at Bussola is very solid Italian with a light touch. They really know their fish, shrimp, and calamari preparations. It's one of the most consistent Italuan restaurants in an area which caters to Italuans.

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vip
 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on February 25, 2017

As always food and service were outstanding...staff has been there for years...very fiendly

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The restaurant was not up to its usual high standards. Delivery of the main courses was slow and my scallops were sandy, rubbery and the size of quarters. One was broken, but was plated and sent from the kitchen anyway. The risotto underneath was not creamy. I have had this same dish a number of times before and it has always been excellent. We will chalk this up to a single off night because this place has usually been a favorite of ours. Hopefully, the next visit will be better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

La Bussola -- great service, friendly waiters, very good food, great value.

Tags: Authentic, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service on a crowded night.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The meal was delicious even though they were busy because of restaurant week. The salad special was a creative mix of flavors Gorgonzola cheese, bacon, hazelnuts and grapes over a bed of arugula - yum! The pan seared attic char was perfectly prepared with roasted cauliflower . The Napoleon made with light flaky pastry was the best I have ever had. Will definitely go back and recommend to friends!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

we went for restaurant week, they used the regular price fix menu. So nothing new there. the food was very salty. The service was slow, we arrived at 5 and there were a few other diners, no reason for slow service

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We are loyal customers of Carlo. He and his staff are always courteous and the food is always exquisite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Delicious food. Extremely good service. Elegant decor. Start with warm quality bread. Awesome appetizers. My thick chop had perfect charring, lots of unusual mushrooms, potatoes and fresh tasting spinach. Her sausage dish was amazing. I never had such a delicious cannoli.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Always reliable good food. Very flexible, always willing to cook whatever you want including off-menu items. Long time, attentive waiters who always go out of their way. Family ownership who always make a point of remembering you and your family. Warm environment, almost seems like you are dining in someone's home more than in a restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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