There's little in life I enjoy more than a long leisurely lunch with friends and my favorite one yet just occurred at Maroni's in Northport Long Island.
This cozy little restaurant pretty much defines the term "quirky". The 20 seat space felt like both a smoky cafe in Paris and an Italian mothers kitchen with a smattering of rock band memorabilia adorning the walls to confuse patrons even more. I still don't understand the idea behind the decor but somehow during the meal I learned to love the eclectic setting.
Maroni's serves strictly a chef's tasting menu, no a la carte. Simply state any allergies or special requests and sit back for about 25 small courses to be brought to the table one by one. Our meal began with thick slices of bacon topped with Peter Luger sauce, a Brussels Sprout Cesar Salad, Shrimp Scampi and an incredible Sea Bass Scallopini tossed with breadcrumbs and lemon.
A delicious array of Tuna Tartare & Spicy Tuna Rolls came next before transitioning to a plate of Wagyu Beef Sliders with tater tots, a juicy Korean Short Rib and a rich cup of Lobster Bisque soup with cognac.