New Italian Restaurant Heats Up Patchogue

Downtown Patchogue just got even hotter. The Castelli family, owners of Primo Piatto in Huntington, opened Locale on Main Street in March.

Its blazing Neapolitan-style pizza oven has been a welcome addition to the village’s booming dining scene.

“The pizza oven is in the middle of the restaurant as a focal point because we take serious pride in creating craft pizzas and treating our customers to that experience,” said owner Fabrizio Castelli.

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Locale’s specialty is pizzettes, a personal pie consisting of sauce, cheese and an assortment of vegetables or meats. Those feeling carnivorous can take a bite out of the pazzia di carne made with sweet Italian sausage, meatballs and pepperoni. Another solid choice is the taleggio baresi, a medley of sweet sausage, broccoli rabe and plum tomato drizzled in olive oil. Diners craving a good, honest Italian entrée will find a home away from home in Locale. The spinach-artichoke crusted salmon, pappardelle bolognese or the fork-tender veal chops epitomize the old adage “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” But another popular phrase defines Locale even better.

“We believe in the saying ‘Why fix something that isn’t broken?’ Italian food is eternal. We love to create special plates infused with creativity.”

The swanky, sophisticated nature of Locale is enhanced by golden lighting, iron fixtures, concrete floors and a glass window that peers into the kitchen.

Customers can also expect some beautiful live music (Thursday-Sunday) in the near future that will include Brazilian jazz, underground house and acoustic tunes.

The goal is to be more than just another place to eat in Patchogue.

“Our biggest hope is to give Patchogue what it was missing…an aesthetically, culinary and musically fun and interesting space.”