Carlo spent the first fourteen years of his life in Monte di Procida, a town just outside of Naples, Italy. He's designed Carlino's menu to reflect the skills he learned and the tastes he loved from his boyhood. "I try to remember the taste that my mother put into every one of her dishes," he told Rob Petrone.
The bold, bright flavors of the Neapolitan coast come from simple, but exquisitely fresh ingredients. Watch Carlino's chefs prepare tangy veal pizzaiola from fresh, ripe tomatoes and sweet, spicy basil. Thin-sliced veal gets a light coating of flour, salt and pepper before nestling in the pan next to the tomatoes until it's crisp and redolent of all the rich flavors in the sauce. As Carlo notes, "It's all in how you put it together," and in the right hands, these simple ingredients become a savory memory of home.
You'll also learn about another Italian classic that distinguishes Carlino's: homemade sausage. The perfect Italian sausage requires balance between aromatic fennel seeds, black pepper and succulent meat. Carlino's take on sausage adds a fourth flavor note that brings all the others into harmony: a dry white wine. The sausage rests in the refrigerator for 24 hours after making it to let all the flavors blend; then it's sliced and cooked to order. Our rustic presentation of sausage with broccoli rabe and rigatoni tastes as good as it looks on "Restaurant Hunter," but you'll also find our sausage makes a perfect pairing with peppers or adorning a pizza.
With or without our homemade sausage, pizza is another one of our specialties. Naples invented pizza, so it's no wonder that Carlo wants to do justice to one of the world's most popular foods. For two decades, Long Island residents have loved Carlino's grandma pizza with its crisp, thin crust and its light marinara sauce; watch it come out of the oven on our "Restaurant Hunter" segment, and you'll see why it's so beloved. It tastes even better than it looks, but don't take our word for it - try it for yourself.
Come to Carlino's and find out why the "Restaurant Hunter" found just what he wanted!
Carlo, Wali and all your friends at Carlino's