“For someone that doesn’t eat much Italian food, there are a number of Italian food reviews on your site.” Allow me to set the scene. MG wanted to be out and about on a Sunday afternoon, so I took her to the eighth largest mall in America, the Roosevelt Field Mall.
After bouncing about this cathedral to commerce for a few hours, we were hungry. I was not about to eat mall fast food. So we hopped in the car and went out. What did we find? Vincent’s Clam Bar. We took a look at the menu on the door and decided it would be pretty good.
Vincent’s is more a giant hall with an attached kitchen than it is your usual eatery. The main dining area is cavernous, which makes it a little loud, but not unbearably so. They have a number of projectors up so that NY football fans can watch the game. The tables for two are on the smaller side and somewhat close together. If you don’t like overhearing anyone else’s conversation, Vincent’s is not a place you should dine.
The other thing you will notice is the size of all the plates. They are absolutely huge. I thought they were family portions, but every person, every plate, and every dish was enormous.
We were started off with some “bread fresh from the brick oven” according to our waiter. It’s an attractive little loaf.
Instead of butter, they serve it with olive oil with rosemary, and I think the other spice was sage. Frankly, I would have preferred butter. The olive oil has an interesting flavor, definitely something that I don’t usually have, but it was not something I would want to have again. I’m not saying it was bad. It definitely has a unique and interesting flavor, but not one that I enjoyed.
I got Grandma’s Sunday Sauce ($17.95). When I asked the waiter what the Sunday Sauce was exactly, he said, “It’s one of the best items on the menu.” That’s a good enough endorsement for me. It is meatball, sausage, and pork bracciole over ziti. Like everything I saw on the way in, it is not a dish that I could finish in one sitting, no matter how hungry. It was excellent. The meatball tasted primarily of pork, but it was tender and delicious. The bracciolle was tender, falling apart with each pull of the fork. The sausage was juicy and nice. The sauce is a great combination of sweet and spice.
MG got a side Caesar salad ($5.95) to start. They certainly do not skimp on the cheese. The greens were fresh and tasty, but the Caesar sauce itself could have used a little more salt.
For an entree, MG got a Grandma Pizza ($10.95). When I tried a slice, it reminded me of a story I heard about the origins of pizza itself. Supposedly, it was started by bakeries. At the end of the day, they would sell off their leftover bread and top it with a little sauce and cheese. It became so popular, bakers began to make it a regular item on their menus. Vincent’s Grandma pizza tasted like bread with sauce and cheese, but in a good way, not a Wonder Bread with a Kraft Single and ketchup combination. If you are in the mood for pizza and want something a little different, I would give Vincent’s a shot.
This is the stand they had for the pizza, three tomato cans with a doily on top. That was cool.
Go to Vincent’s Clam Bar if you are really hungry. Their portions will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. They are not just smashing tomatoes and placing it over pasta and bread, some care is taken with their preparations. It is not the greatest Italian I’ve ever had, but I am curious to try their Rigatoni Alla Vodka (it looked delicious at another table). If you make a trip to engage in commerce at the Roosevelt Field Mall, Vincent’s is right across the street. Stop in for a bite.
Vincent’s Clam Bar
179 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514