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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Matteo's and music

Hit the Trifecta Saturday night.  Good friends, good food and good entertainment.
The evening started at Matteo's. We'd eaten at the Matteo's in Huntington awhile back and really liked it, and thought the Bellmore location would be good, too.  We were not disappointed.  Food is served "family style", sort of.  A half order serves one, a full order can be shared by two.
We started with caprese salad -- fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.  Not bad, but I'm sure it will be better in summer with vine-ripened tomatoes.  Fried calamari was light and crisp and not chewy. Veal franchese was tender and sauce was tart without being overpowering.  Pasta was perfectly cooked.  Marinara sauce had whole cloves of garlic -- yummy.
And I seem to be on a dessert kick -- got talked into ordering tortoni, creamy vanilla ice cream topped with toasted coconut.

And then it was on to the Tilles Center for a performance by Manheim Steamroller.  I alwats liked this group but wasn't really a fan.  Drew wanted to see the show, so we went.  Abd it was a nice evening of music.    Baroque crossed with jazz crossed with New Age.    The huge video screen behind the live musicians can show abstract patterns or bring you to a medieval banquet hall, a WW I battlefield or a Christmas-decorated living room where the toys come alive.
A nice evening out. Matteo's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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