A relative had told us about Fabiano's so today at lunch we decided to try it. We were originally going to go back to Gumbaux's Cajun place but it was a little after 2 when we got there and found out that they close between 2 and 4, so, on the advice of my niece, we walked just down the sidewalk to Fabiano's--and was I ever glad! It was even better than I'd been told!
Having recently moved to GA from LI, NY, we were delighted to find garlic knots on the menu and immediately ordered a half order. Our waiter told us that they would not look like 'real' NY knots but would be smaller. He then told us how they prepare the garlic sauce on them. Seems that in the morning, first thing, 'they take a big bunch of butter, then add a whole lot of fresh crushed garlic and just let it cook together for a while". He said it was WONDERFUL and he was CORRECT! The knots were about an inch across, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, and literally swimming in real butter/garlic sauce. You would think they may get soggy, but no, the outside was still crisp and crunchy. Absolutely 'to die for'...(and we were so full when we left we began to think that's what we were going to do, LOL!!!)
I decided to order one slice of pizza: a 'monster' slice of the veggie deluxe, and for fifty cents more added pepperoni. Oh My Goodness! That was an amazing (and amazingly huge) slice of pizza. It had onions, peppers, mushrooms, green olives, calamata olives, roasted red peppers, feta, mozzarella, and who knows what else--oh, yet, and pepperoni. It was delicious, and WAY too big. I could only manage half of it. The most amazing part was the delicate crust. It was tender on the inside, but had a light crispy/crunchy bottom to it. It was, as my husband termed it, 'extraordinary'.
My husband ordered a whole muffaletta, which was ridiculously cheap at a little over $7. And it was HUGE. For me, it was a bit too salty (which, by nature, muffaletta's are, anyway) but he loved it. The waiter said that the bread was homemade foccacia.
The iced tea was excellent, and was served in a large enough glass that you didn't have to keep sweetening it so often. No bitterness, and very tasty.
We finished off our meal by sharing a serving of homemade tirimisu--which rivals any I've ever eaten. We left there SO stuffed, and swearing that we're never eating again :-) We can't wait to go back and try some of their other offerings, and were so struck by the friendliness of the proprietors that we will be sure to make it sooner rather than later. It was truly authentic NY pizza and 'knots', and it was very fine indeed.
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