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“A nice place for a friendly lunch”

Passione Della Cucina
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Ranked #12 of 60 Restaurants in Carle Place
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Mineola, New York
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A nice place for a friendly lunch”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

My first visit to Passione Della Cucina was a pleasant surprise. Stopping in for lunch with 3 friends, nearly all of the dishes we ordered received pretty good reviews. Salmon Tower was delicious, the 2 chicken dishes were cooked to perfection with great sauces, and the sides of pasta were al dente, i.e., perfect! Complimentary slices of pizza added a nice friendly touch, and the wait staff was courteous and profesisonal. The two glasses of red wine we ordered were excellent, and it was easy to tell that both bottles (a merlot and a chianti) were just opened and not left standing as many restaurants are wont to do. (Nothing worse can spoil a meal than getting a glass of wine that's started to turn)
If I had any complaint, it was the chopped salad, which was obviously prepared too far in advance of being served. It just wasn't fresh, had a limpy taste and we figured it was either leftover from the night before or else prepared far too early in the day and then left without refrigeration to just go limp. Any salad needs to be presented with a freshness and crispness - this one expired a few hours earlier. The vinaigrette dressing was also too creamy and heavy.
Regardless, we will not let one limp salad ruin the review of a very nice restaurant. Passione Della Cucina has a lot of promise and we hope more people will find a very nice meal here. It does deserve your patronage and we gave it a big Bravo!

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
New York City, New York
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were seated out back in a very relaxing atmosphere. Our group of four shared a family garden salad which was plentiful and fresh. The breadbasket was filled with a variety of " to die for " bread and mixed olives. I ordered the rigatoni with tomato sauce, fresh ricotta and two meatballs. The portion was huge, especially for someone like me who couldn't stop eating the bread. We all enjoyed our dinners and had plenty to take home ( even bread from a second basket!). Our waiter, James, was very polite, friendly and attentive. We had such a positive dining experience that we can't wait to return with some more family members!

  • Visited June 2013
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We LOVE their pizza!! They had a fabulous grandma pie! Delicious! We have tried some other dishes as well. Good chicken parm. The only thing we didn't love was their salads...very small portions for the price! Beautiful restaurant!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Spedteach25
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Baldwin, New York
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pizzeria trying to be a restaurant”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Everyone here is very nice, and tries hard to please...But, the service is slow and un coordinated...we were seated at a nice table and were handed only the drink menus..this puzzled us, we asked a passing waiter for the menus, he went to get them for us and was stopped by the gentleman who apparently was our waiter, who came over and took our drink orders...and left without giving us menus...finally after he brought the drinks he went to get the menus...and then after awhile bread arrived and included pizza bread which was very good...We had the meatball entrée which included garlic bread and cheese. It was good, but, overpriced at $10.00 for 2 meatballs...I had the stacked eggplant appetizer which was a large enough portion to have as an entrée...It was good, but not extraordinary...my husband had the chicken marsala, which he said reminded him of Gino's marsala...All and all we enjoyed the food here, but, were a little disappointed with the slow service and thought the food could have been better...

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Loretta47270
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Old Westbury, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“inattentive waitress...had to ask for lemon for fish .. cheese for pasta”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

if little things mean a lot...it is the little things that Passione is missing. Chopped salad was pulverized with dressing mixed into it which created a mess. My salmon dish was too well done and lemon was not served with order. Cheese was not served with pasta, and we had to ask for it. Waitress appeared or disappeared ...we were always looking around to find her to solve these problems.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank AnnieZee
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