Maroni Cuisine - Northport, NY
I love a restaurant that it is anything but traditional. Maroni Cuisine is laid-back with rock and roll playing on the speakers and food flowing on the tables. They feature a 16-course tasting menu with passed small bites and endless wine pouring through the night.
Maroni cuisine was founded by Michael Maroni in Northort, NY. Michael Maroni is a self-taught chef who grew up in Locust Valley, NY. He started working in restaurants while in high school and enrolled in the Navy upon graduation. After some time in the Navy, he was sent to cook for the head honchos on the ship. When Michael went to the kitchen he was told to cook meatloaf and was given recipe cards to follow. Michael refused to follow the recipe and instead cooked his grandmother’s meatloaf recipe. The captain loved the meatloaf and asked Michael to be his chef. This exemplifies Michael Maroni. An amazing chef who cooks from his heart and utilizes the recipes from his family’s history. Michael Maroni was challenged by Bobby Flay on the show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” Bobby challenged Michael to cook his famous grandmother’s meatballs. Who do you think won?
I’ve been dining at Maroni cuisine for 8 years. During this time, Maroni has expanded to add a stunning private room and a secondary dining room. The primary dining room is “cozy” (aka very small) and has rock and roll music playing. The atmosphere is such a contrast to the food which is one of the reasons I love to dine here. The food is beautifully plated and even better to eat. This is the same level of food you would get at a formal restaurant but in a relaxed fun setting. The private room is very elegant and beautifully decorated. I’ve eaten in the private dining room twice and it is a great way to get a large group of friends together for a celebration. The secondary dining room is called the “gold room”. It has been open for four years but the last time I visited was the first time I sat in there. This room is a little more spacious and quieter.
Now as Michael Maroni would have it – on to the food! The style of eating at Maroni is a tasting menu – but without a menu! When you walk through the doors at Maroni on a Wednesday-Saturday, be prepared to let Chef Michael take control and bring you course after course after course! You will definitely not leave Maroni hungry!
I have brought friends from all over to Maroni - Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey. Dining here is truly such an amazing experience and I hope you get to try it for yourself! Bring your appetite and a driver so you can eat and drink with no worries!