Steve's Piccola Bussola of Hauppauge

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38 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
The original Steve's opened in 1991 on Old Country Road in the heart of Westbury. This is the newest and third location! It is owned and operated by the Vaccaro family who has been in the restaurant business for 40 years. Steve's Piccola Bussola is family-style dining with big flavors, quality food, and dedicated service. Steve's revels in traditional, hearty southern Italian fare, but also touches on other regions as well. The sauces taste just as good now as they did when they opened twenty five years ago. They only use the freshest ingredients. Steve and his son Joe are driven to give their customers the best experience possible from start to finish, antipasto all the way to dessert. Single portions are an option on the menu as well as Gluten free...... Come hungry!!
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food ever anywhere

RG
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Birthday. Too noicy

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our second visit to this restaurant. The service is friendly and the food is very good. You can order family style or individual portions. I would like to see the chicken parm a bit thicker. We will go back. Its a nice place for any occasion. The table cloths are a nice touch.

j
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We actually hit a perfect Saturday night. Restaurant was very very slow. Guess between Xmas and New Years people stay in. We wound up sitting at bar. Only one other couple at bar with us the entire eve. Food was good although I ordered a pasta dish with linguini and spaghetti came out. Would like to see better wines by the glass other than that no complaints

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and bar top notch. Service and staff we courteous and on the ball. I will be returning once again for sure!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Christmas Eve dinner with family........4:15 PM reservations. As we were being seated with the rest of our party a few minutes behind, we were told that another party had our table for 6 PM. The rest of our party arrived at 4:20 PM. Two more times.....two more waiters felt the need to highlight, AGAIN, that another party had our table for 6 PM. I presume that they felt it was out responsibility to rush our way through dinner rather than their responsibility to manage their reservation process more efficiently as well as their own time to serve, over a 1 hour - 40 minute period, to ensure that the customer received the best experience possible.

KM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent! Will definitely return! Thank you Joe for the desert. Delicious!

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

We always enjoy your food, but the service the last 2 times the service was terrible, inattentive & seemed annoyed @ everything we asked for.
Very disappointing .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible, it was freezing and the waiter did not want to turn up the heat because he said he was hot. The food was not good and overpriced. The waiter was so rude, the worst ever!

JK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been to Steve’s Piccolo Bussola in Westbury, but this was our first time in Hauppauge. Very enjoyable evening all around.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were met with a friendly staff immediately and with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The location is perfect and not far from the highway. But ultimately the best part of our experience at Steve’s Piccola Bussola was the incredible food. Everything we ordered was delicious and definitely worth raving about.

CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. Very very nice restaurant.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food wonderful service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

DO NOT GO!!!!!! Made a reservation for 10 people, checked in 15 minutes prior to the reservation, waited almost an hour and never got seated. There is no seating in the waiting area so our party of 10 people were standing throughout the tiny waiting room, including elderly people. Not to mention they constantly suggesting for us to go to the bar. We had underage children with us so that obviously wasn’t appropriate. The hostess would not make eye contact with any of our party when we tried to ask how much longer we needed to wait. When we finally got to ask someone how much longer his response was “we have a table but the other people don’t want to get up”. So after the rude service and the rude reply we decided to take our business elsewhere. Saved our money but wasted our time.

BS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food & Service were both fantastic. Noise level is a bit on the high side. Nice bar area in case they are running behind which they were on our night.

HC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Too loud and tables very close together. Our meals and appetizers were wonderful!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great! Could not have had a more enjoyable afternoon with friends and fine dining!

j
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Not certain if they over booked but we waited over 40 minutes for a 7:30 res. Once seated it took forever to get our drinks. The food took even longer. I know the waiter tried, but he was simply overwhelmed. The food, as in the previous times I had been there was excellent. Maybe since they are relatively new they still need to work out the kinks. Not sure what can be done about the noise level, maybe drop the ceiling but at times it became almost intolerable

j
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Second time here and it did not disappoint. Food is very good as well as the service. The restaurant is set up so you don’t feel like you are overly crowded in. Looking forward to returning

MO
New York Area
364 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The restaurant was too loud.
Seafood salad is great. Caesar salad is great.
Chilean Sea Bass and spinach were great.
Pasta was overcooked.
Pork chops were very average.
Food was priced fairly. A tiny plate of sliced fruit was overpriced at $12.
Bread was delicious.

RE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Every part of the evening was first rate. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding. The owner went around to all the tables asking everyone how their evening was going. Before we finished the meal we were already planning our next visit here. Definitely recommend!

RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All of the Steve’s Piccola Bussola never disappoints! Food is 5 star ! Whether entertaining a client or having dinner with friends it’s always a winner

WB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was excellent. However 90 minute wait with reservation was unacceptable. I will not return for dinner

TB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food. Good location right off of the LIE at exit 55.

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

very good as always
food great and service very good
give this place a try you will be very happy

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable, food was outstanding! Highly highly recommend.

LB
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

There is very little parking. Had to park and walk across a very busy street about 2 blocks away. Our table was not ready, 30 minutes before we were seated. Service was slow at times. There were several large parties and our table was on a back burner. The noise level was offensive. Food was excellent.

RW
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The best Oysters Rockefeller I have ever had and I’ve had 60+ years of experience. The Swordfish au Proive was excellent as well. Very good service and a comfortable dockside experience. I’m on Long Island for business for two days. No question about it, I’m going back for a second night in a row.

JF
Miami
138 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for business lunches

A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Although this restaurant was highly recommended, I personally felt that the food was good but not outstanding as I expected. Everything else about the place was excellent. I thought the calamari was bland and the chilean sea bass (which is my favorite meal in the whole world) was less than I expected. The burrata was good and they served a nice glass of wine. The service was outstanding and, overall, I enjoyed my experience there.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Our waiter was annoyed that one of us ordered only ravioli. He made a face and asked if she was sure she didn’t want the lobster ravioli. It was too loud for us to all be involved in the same conversation.

f
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

OMG !!! EXTREMELY NOISEY !!!! THE NOISE LEVEL WAS HORRIBLE YOU CANNOT SPEAK
AT ALL, YOU CAN'T HEAR WHAT THE WAITER IS SAYING IT WAS SOOOO HORRIBLE AND
ANNOYING THE ABSOLUTE WORST EVER !!! WE ORDER A SALAD APPETIZER AND WE JUST ABOUT FINISHER AND THE MAIN DISHES WERE OUT....YOU WERE GIVEN THE FEELING OF
EAT AND LEAVE !!! SO WE DECIDED THE GET A DESSERT TO SHARE AND COFFEE SO WE COULD STAY A FEW MORE MINUTES TO SOCIALIZE RATHER THAN RUN OUT THE DOOR....

h
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As with the other two restaurants (Westbury and Syosset), Steve's in Hauppauge is a wonderful stop for really good Italian food and friendly, helpful service at very reasonable prices. Family sized portions are very large and enough for 3 or 4 people.

If you don't see it on the menu, just ask. The kitchen works hard to accommodate every taste and desire. We had a Chilean sea bass with a delicious olive, caper and white wine sauce.

It is nice to have such quality food in Suffolk.

JS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service best veal Marsala and filetto sauce I have ever had .

MO
New York Area
364 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was our fifth trip to Steve’s for lunch. We love it. But they almost LOST us as customers.
We like to go out for a late lunch around 2:30-3:00.
We arrived at 2:50; they gave us dinner menus. I had to ask for lunch menus. I don’t like that. If the restaurant is open, dinner should not start until 4 or 5. That’s just a shameless way to jack up the bill. After that awkwardness, lunch was terrific. Excellent seafood salad, excellent waiter, excellent bread, excellent pasta. Shrimp oreganato fair st best.

M
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

the restaurant is very nice inside. you might think so from the outside, but once you get in, its impressive, high end, high ceilings, tasteful, would definitely go again. the food was fantastic. the octopus some of the best I have ever had, grilled perfectly. the whole branzino was delicious, the chicken sorrentino was delicious and the sauce.

I would have given it 5 stars but the service was mediocre. we sat for a while before anybody came over, and then later we couldnt even find the waiter to pay the bill. So.... maybe we just got a really bad waiter that night, but the place and the food is fantastic, so I would try it out anymore, hopefully others get a different waiter.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a splended evening. Great service. Scrumptious food selection.

MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and our meal was delicious. We have been frequent visitors of the Westbury location, and this location is certainly up to par. We will certainly be returning!!