Trattoria Diane: Roman-Inspired Cuisine in Historic Roslyn, Long Island, NY

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Trattoria Diane is owned by veteran restaurateurs, John Durkin and wife Diane Margaritis, next door to their 10-year-old bakery. The couple originally called their restaurant Diane’s when it first opened in 1992, serving predominantly French cuisine. Over the years, the menu and theme has morphed into Tuscan in the late 1990’s, and hence the addition of “Trattoria” reflecting the couple’s newfound love of Italy. In 2010, Trattoria Diane’s focus turned to classic Roman-inspired cuisine, and has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

Trattoria Diane is a Roman-style, family-run restaurant. The menu and ambience reflect the casual, inviting and friendly spots owners John and Diane have enjoyed on trips to the Eternal City. The menu offers our take on the traditional Roman menu with its verdure, fritti, antipasta, primi and secondi. Trattoria Diane offers a popular Prix fixe menu 29.95 available Tuesday-Friday 5:30-6 PM and Sunday all night.

Popular vegetable plates for starters include: Roasted Beets with Ricotta Salata, Tomato, Cucumber, Basil, and Red onions, Brussel Sprouts with Lemon and Pecorino, Treviso Radicchio, with Almonds and Balsamic, and Grilled Zucchini with Orange and Mint. All light, fresh, healthy, delicious options. A Tasting of Four “Verdure” or vegetable plates is 22.

Anyone who has visited Rome can attest to the prevalence and excellent quality of their fried foods. Trattoria Diane excels in bringing these classics home to the States, featuring favorites like Fried Artichokes with Lemon, Arancini Rice Balls with Mozzarella, Fried Zucchini Blossoms, and their Fritto Misto with Lemon Sauce.

Other antipasti include soup of the day, Caesar Salad, Burrata with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, Mesclun Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinaigrette,
Grilled Marinated Portobello, Arugula, Red Onion, Tomato, and Parmesan, Grilled Shrimp with Arugula, Fennel and Orange Vinaigrette, Meatballs with Tomato Rosemary Sauce, and Grilled Country Bread, and Steamed Mussels with Tomatoes, White Wine, Minced Anchovy, and Parsley.

Pasta and Risotto specialties include the famous Spaghetti Carbonara with Pecorino, Pepper, Pancetta, and Egg, the other Roman favorite, Bucatini Amatriciana, with Tomato Sauce, Pancetta, and Onions, Butternut Squash Raviolo with Butter, Sage and Amaretti,
Ricotta Gnocchi with Sausage, Fennel and Tomatoes, Risotto with Chantarelle Mushrooms, Parmesan, and Thyme, and Fettucini Bolognese.

Second courses include: Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Mushrooms, Carrots, Crisp Artichoke (Roman comfort food), Tuscan Pot Roast with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Organic Salmon with Lentils, and Spinach in a Red Wine Sauce, Veal Romana with Mashed Potatoes, Favas, English Peas, Artichokes, Prosciutto, and Sage, Roasted Duck with Basil Walnut Wild Rice, and Green Beans Peach Sauce, Short Ribs, Pan Seared Pork Chop with Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, and Caponata, Orata (Mediterranean Sea Bream, a popular white fish) with Lemon, Capers and Spinach, Diver Scallops with Corn, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Basil, and Pan Roasted Branzino. Trattoria Diane features an extensive wine list, as well as excellent desserts!

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See you in Roslyn, and please tell John and Diane that Fred Bollaci sent you, and also visit Diane’s Bakery and Cafe next door!

Trattoria Diane
21 Bryant Ave.
Roslyn, NY 11576
516.621.2591

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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