Jan
31

Il Mulino – Roslyn

As a long-time customer of Il Mulino in NYC I was really excited when they opened a location on Long Island – in Roslyn, on Northern Blvd (across the street from Bryant & Cooper).  I was also a bit sceptical about whether it could possibly be as good as the original. 

I might catch some flack for saying this, but I think it is better than the original.

I challenge anyone to tell the difference between the food – it is the identical menu, wine list and preparation.  The main difference is the space – there is more of it. 

The NYC Il Mulino is famous for being incredibly cramped and loud.  People have overlooked these issues for years because of the incredible food.

Il Mulino on Long Island is a big, beautiful space.  They have a few different rooms so that each one feels intimate and the acoustics are excellent – you can not hear conversations a few tables down. 

They obviously shipped the staff in from the city because you don’t find waiters, busboys and bartenders like this on Long Island.  This is top-notch NYC help.

My only issue with Il Mulino on LI are the same as my issues with NYC:  I can’t eat there too often because I will weigh 300 lbs (the food is loaded with butter, cream and salt and all kinds of things that I’m not supposed to eat).

The restaurant is expensive (usually about $120 per person), but you get a lot for your money.  They start you off with an incredible assortment of the freshest, most delicious complimentary snacks – chunks of parmesian cheese carved off of a wheel at your table, slices of Italian salami, bruschetta, spiced eggplant (to die for) and breads that Dr. Atkins himself could not resist.  I am usually full by the time my appetizer comes – that’s why my wife and I usually share something. 

For the main course I have never had a bad meal:  the wild atlantic salmon, the jumbo prawns, the pastas, the osco busco, the veal chop are all among the best that I have ever had.  There is literally nothing that I would steer you away from. 

In short, it is has quickly become my favorite restaurant on Long Island.

This review was by guest reviewer Corry who will be writing about Long Island restaurants.

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