Let’s face it: Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn are home to better restaurants than your average Long Island eatery (yes, there are some exceptions) – so we’re excited to announce popular Italian destination Felice, which currently has restaurants all over New York City will officially open its first Long Island outpost this Friday. woohoo!
The Tuscany-inspired destination will occupy 1382 Old Northern Boulevard in the village of Roslyn. Despite being a highway-like address, the space is certainly worth the journey.
Felice Roslyn is led by Executive Chef Niccolo Simone, who was originally born in Florence and has cooked in a variety of Michelin-starred restaurants over his years in the industry, and Iacopo Falai, also a Florentine native and Culinary Director of SA Hospitality (which, along with Felice, is the company behind the famous restaurants of Sant Ambroeus).
Expect fan favorites that will spice up the menu at the new venue, including baked gnocchi formaggio e tartufo with 24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Taleggio, Gruyere, blue cheese and black truffle. Also on offer is the crostone ricotta with Italian lime honey, figs and flaked almonds; the linguine ai frutti di mare with Tuscan-style mixed seafood, white wine sauce, garlic, fresh parsley and crushed cherry tomatoes; a classic dish of penne all’arrabbiata with pepperoncino and cherry tomatoes; and a branzino al cartoccio, an oven-roasted Mediterranean sea bass served with Yukon Gold potatoes, cherry tomatoes, chopped capers, taggiasche olives, braised shallots, parsley, and lemon wedges. Don’t fall asleep on the grilled asparagus and oven-roasted potatoes as side dishes, and the arancini (rice balls) and truffle pizzette presented as starters.
In terms of design, the restaurant will look like the other Felice outposts currently operating in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Midtown West, Upper West Side, Financial District and Brooklyn — including the first-ever Felice wine bar to open on the Upper East Side opened back in 2007.
That’s all to say: If you’re craving reasonably good pasta on Long Island, you’ll likely be satisfied with a trip to the new Felice in Roslyn.