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“Great Family Style Italian Restaurant”

Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Huntington
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Ranked #70 of 220 Restaurants in Huntington
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Round Swamp Road
Long Island, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Family Style Italian Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We were looking for a restaurant in this area to meet friends. After narrowing it down to 2 or 3, we called to make reservations for a Saturday night (on Saturday afternoon). The owner of Piccola Bussola was so pleasant, so inviting, that we couldn't pass it up. He told us we'd be seated at 8:15, and we were! A great start!

Eating family style with only four people can be challenging, but we had fried zucchini and caesar salad to start (both solid, the zucchini served with a pan of delicious marinara sauce), and then had chicken parmigiana and rigatoni bolognese for the main course. The chicken was among the best I've had; fork tender and a large portion. We asked the waiter who took our order if he thought that would be the right amount of food for us and he responded that he thought it would, but if not, we would just order more if we needed to--a refreshing attitude!! We shared a tartuffo and huge piece of chocolate mousse cake for dessert (the cake was just ok).

The wait staff was pleasant and attentive, refilling water glasses without having to be asked, and replacing silver ware as necessary. Not hovering, but there when you needed them. Also nice was that the noise level was not overbearing, allowing easy conversation at the table.

The meal was very reasonably priced, the food good, the staff and ambiance pleasant. What more could you ask for? We'll be back soon.

  • Visited April 2013
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Mastic, New York, United States
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

Amazing food. The tortellini Alfredo was unbelievable! Great fried calamari, everything very good. The waiter was very attentive. Not a cheap dinner, but you won't leave hungry. I definitely recommend it.

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Long Island, NY
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“Always a Great Meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Piccola Bussolo is one of those places I keep going back to. I'm there three to four times a year. The staff is wonderful and attentive. The food is always consistently very good and the portions are on the larger size (meaning great food at a price that very fair). The food is so good that this is one place I am always willing to try something new from the menu. I have NEVER been disappointed.
It's a medium size dining area and a little tight but that makes it intimate and enjoyable. Definitely worth the visit if you are ever anywhere near Huntington.

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New York City, New York
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“Delicious food... great service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The food at Piccola Bussola is always delicious! The staff makes you feel like family. We like to order half size portions so we aren't left taking tons of food home. Unlike many other family style italian restaurants in the area, their half portions cost half price. Many of the other family style restaurants charge almost full price for a half portion. However, if you are bringing small children, it is important to keep in mind that there is no kid's menu. So, if your child doesn't eat what the rest of the table is ordering, be prepared to spend $12.00 for a piece of plain grilled chicken! That is really the only negative about this restaurant. The service and the food are delicious for the price.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Good local Italian restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

Good food. Good service and nice ambience. The wait staff is very attentive. Also great for take out.

Visited September 2012
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