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Nunzi’s Italian Restaurant Opens in Farmingdale

When it comes to Italian restaurants on Long Island, we have kitchens from Sicily to Tuscany and beyond. Now a modern Italian take from the Campania region (Naples is the capital) is Nunzi’s in Farmingdale, inspired by the owner Late grandfather of Michael Napolitano.

Napolitano recalled of his grandfather, Nunzi growing up, “He was cut from a different cloth. He was old school—one of those guys who wore suits to fit his doctors’ appointments.”

The family affair deepens: Napolitano’s mother, Stephanie, greets customers at the front door on weekends; Brother Vincent Jr. will probably take your order. Their father, Vincent, who owns restaurants and sports bars in Manhattan, works as a consultant. At least once a week, Napolitano’s grandmother, Heidi, was in the kitchen to “teach the guys” how to make dishes using her recipes for specialties like eggplant parmesan. Her recipes for potatoes, eggs, and chicken steak heroes will debut on the soon-to-be-launched restaurant lunch menu. Longtime family friend Thomas Vitale is co-owner.

The restaurant is located below the Fairfield Knolls apartments, just steps away from LIRR (its little sign is easy to miss) and exudes a Manhattan vibe. Inside, you’ll find a sleek black interior lit by neon signs and attractive bubble glass lighting fixtures.

His gorgeous Instagram details include a gold leaf wall with hand-carved roses and butterflies, a path of mix-and-match tilework, and large hand-drawn photos of a group of mice, Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci and the man behind it all: Nunzi. Napolitano said of Nunzi’s spirit: “The first thing is that your phone does everything before you do it. Eat first, get in first.”

Executive Chef Mark Weshart prepares Italian stuffed peppers, clam-wrapped pizza or la Scarparello, Casio e Pepe, and Grandma’s Mixed Grill, which includes pork tenderloin, chicken breast and salmon wrapped in prosciutto.

Modern additions to the classics include Limoncello wings and “rotolo di uova” (egg rolls stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli, and spring cheese), as well as “Cheesesteaks” with rib eye, American cheese, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, and cherry peppers served on Italian bread.

Diners can finish their meals with a blast of tiramisu, a rainbow cake with a tiramisu coil topped with white chocolate truffles.

Nunzi’s is located on 125 Secatogue Ave. , in Farmingdale. Open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 10 pm; Thursday and Friday until midnight. Saturdays 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m. More information: 516-586-8447; nunzis1274.com