Lombardi’s Restaurant. Classic Italian Food with Old World Charm.

Traffic was tight on the Long Island Expressway. I was stressed, angry and worst of all hungry.

I had a mission..and that mission was Italian food. Real, real good and real portions. I was going to Lombardi’s in Middle Island.

From the moment you follow the aroma permeating through the doors, you are immediately greeted by the cordial host and seated at a table with crisp, clean, white linen.

Before you can open you menu, wallah..warm bread is in front of you and water is being poured.

Sometimes I like to keep it simple and stick with the classics. Test the waters gently. On the 2nd swim I go hog wild.

This is how it all went down……..

Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant that is supposed to be good I look for 2 things.

A clean bathroom and great garlic bread. Yup, you heard me. I want a spotless toilet and crisp, flavorful g-bread. they have both.

The Opening Act: Garlic Bread

Fresh, warm, not one bit burnt, olive oil instead of butter, a rubbing of fresh garlic, a little bit of salt and a sprinkle of oregano. HEAVEN.

Act 2: Penne alla Vodka

Plum tomatoes, heavy cream, imported parm cheese and vodka. You can taste every rich ingredient.

This is another classic dish that is often screwed up..but sticking to quality ingredients made this one of the best I’ve ever had.

Act 3: Shrimp Parm. Classic.

Ok….Things are going too well so far. Of course they are going to screw this one up. Right?

Undercooked shrimp..flavorless..soggy breading? Overcooked?

Damn it!!! It was flawless.

The shrimp was perfect. Fried beautifully. Nestled in a loaf of Italian bread, covered with sauce and blanketed with a sweet and salty mozzarella.

This place has it all.

Ambiance.. quality and service. Each course was better than the previous one.

I can count the reviews that I have done for restaurants that had a score of 95 or above. This is probably the 2nd one.

Go to Lombardi’s in Middle Island. go now! ┬áKeep in mind that they are not associated with the other restaurants with the same name.

This is not a good thing. IT’S A GREAT THING.

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