Not to be confused with the infamous Cipriani in NYC, “Cipollini” is part of the Poll Restaurant Group and is located in Manhasset, Long Island in the Americana Shopping Mall.
Cipollini opened in 2005 and as the title of this blog indicates came to my attention via the Foodgōd. The Foodgōd is Jonathan Cheban also known as Kim Kardashian’s BFF. Aside from his time on her reality TV show, he has created a killer Instagram account that showcases his travels around the world as he eats some of the best and biggest meals you have ever seen.
I believe it was last summer when I saw that the man himself was eating pizza here, a restaurant I had never heard of before. But the photos looked so damn good I had to include this restaurant on my pizza to do list (https://bit.ly/2zxGR1e), featured in my blog review of Krave It, where yes, I also ate pizza.
As indicated on that list, I was at Cipollini to eat the robiola pizza just as the Foodgōd ate. The robiola pizza is a white pie with truffle oil on top. The pizzas here are the perfect size for an appetizer or as a snack, which is what I was looking for.
I stopped in on my way home from the southern point of Long Island, and since it happened to be National Pizza Day, I could think of no better way to celebrate.
It was a Saturday night and the place was BEYOND packed. I did not have a reservation or a real desire to wait, so I decided I would take my pizza to go.
While I waited I was unimpressed by how poorly managed the restaurant seemed to be and how hostile the man at the front was. The restaurant isn’t well designed and the front is incredibly tight fitting. There is no real space to stand, whether you are waiting for a table or a to go order. The bar is also up front, as are tables that seemed to be put there to accommodate more people than the space allows for.
I got the feeling that this wasn’t a place I would ever come back to. Although I can’t put my finger on why, I felt like this was a place where people went when they wanted to feel like they were in Midtown Manhattan without having to drive there. It felt stuck up, which is odd considering we were in the middle of an outdoor shopping mall.
Once my pizza was ready, I bounced the hell out of there.
Thankfully the pizza was worth the annoyance of my wait.
The pizza was actually some of the best I have ever had, and that is saying something. It was an original flavor combo with the perfect balance of a thin crust, ricotta cheese, and truffle oil.
A simple but oooooh so satisfying snack. One that I will always think of fondly and enjoy if someone wants to deliver it to me.
I should have known, the Foodgōd doesn’t play around.
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