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“good food and enjoyable time”
Review of Nocello

Ranked #31 of 64 Restaurants in Northport
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed December 17, 2011

we went on a Sat. night and the food was really good, there was music and dancing more for one who is over the age of 45. Casual dress. We would definately go back.

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Reviewed July 17, 2010

JULY 2010: In the past we've thoroughly enjoyed Nocello's Friday Night lobster buffet, so we returned to have it again. What a mistake.

The $29.95 per person "all-you-can-eat" buffet consists of various cold appetizer items and salads, a raw bar serving oysters and clams, a soup, one lobster per person, a carving station, a pasta bar, a burrito station, hot entree items, vegetables, fruits, and desserts.

We were among the earlier customers that night. The buffet was not properly manned with servers. We stood, bare plates in hand, waiting in front of covered chafing dishes. Meanwhile a chef and staffers loitered nearby, ignoring us while grumbling to each other about food costs.

Pickled mushrooms and a homemade caponata were two tasty items served as appetizers. There was an OK tuna salad. A cold string bean offering was limp and lifeless. A downright unsavory-looking cauliflower dish had a gray tint, as if cauliflower with a surface mold -- all too prevalent these days -- had been used in its preparation.

There were four or five insipid cold pasta salads, all looking too similar to each other. The kitchen had not even attempted a sprinkle of paprika on one and parsley on another to try and make them appear unique. The tossed salad offering was just that; a large bowl of plain, undressed lettuce without a radish, tomato, onion, or crouton in sight.

The man at the raw bar was shucking good-looking clams and oysters, so we thought we'd cut our losses by indulging in them. Not so fast! Even though this is supposedly an all-you-can-eat buffet, we were admonished by the help after taking more than six at once that were were allowed only three clams and three oysters at a time.

Next we each turned in our ticket (given out when seated) to get our lobster. It's a decent size; we eyeballed it as 1 to 1 1/4 lb, served split down the middle. This lobster was perhaps the worst-tasting we'd ever experienced. The shrunken, dessicated, flavorless consistency of the meat suggested it had been boiled for hours to make stock prior to being served. (Perhaps this is why the lobster bisque was decent that night!) No need to bother with the tickets Nocello, we wouldn't have eaten another even if you'd offered it!

We took one look at the carving station and decided to skip the three small hunks of meat drying out under the heat lamp altogether. We never bothered with the incongruous burritos either.

The hot entrees that night consisted of strips of steak pizzaiola, chicken topped with pimento and cheese, and short ribs. All were startlingly awful; we abandoned each after one bite. An overcooked (reheated?) broccoli & cheese side-dish was reduced to a soupy slurry.

We fared better at the pasta bar. Though the penne alla vodka had a bitter twang from alcohol not cooked off during the sauce-making, the cheese and red pepper ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce was perhaps the tastiest item served that evening. Too bad I was given only two ravioli; a third after asking for more.

A fruit platter consisted of gritty-looking watermelon, unripe cantaloupe and honeydew, and grapes.

There were some passable deserts, the rice pudding being the best of the lot. A dense chocolate cake with nuts was alright. It was a shame we actually had to spit out the pretty-looking apple tart, which had picked up a horrible taste as if from long, uncovered refrigeration.

Being locals, we had recently heard rumors that Nocello's was closing soon. The lackluster atmosphere, bad buffet, and sullen, gruff demeanor of most of the staff lend the rumor credence: Nocello's has the smell of impending death to it.

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