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Maggie's on Park Delivers Unique and Varied Menu

New Italian-American bistro opens its doors on Park Boulevard in Massapequa Park.

Massapequa certainly has no shortage of places to get a bite to eat; be it Asian, Italian, Mexican, or anything else, our area seems to have it all covered.

However, one little bistro on Park Boulevard is hoping to change that conception with a unique take on some dining standards.

Maggie’s On Park recently opened their doors for business back on June 4, with the attractive new restaurant hoping to make a splash in the Massapequas, according to Executive Chef John Orphanos.

“We call ourselves an Italian-American bistro, except that we lean towards the Italian side with a twist...plus, calling it an American bistro, we can do anything we want,” he said. “We do everything from Cajun food, German food, tomorrow night we’re having an Irish night, so we do a little bit of everything.”

Orphanos is a long-time career chef who packs a great deal of real-world experience in creating culinary delights under his belt.

“My experience is 28 years of hard knocks...I’ve been around for a while, I’ve honed my craft,” he said. “My whole thing with designing the menu is doing things a little differently. Instead of your typical mussels marinara, we’ll have mussels in lobster broth with plum tomatoes and fresh basil. Everything’s got a little twist to it.”   

The first thing that jumps out at you when you stroll in the door at Maggie’s is the lavish interior design work; dark wood, opaque curtains, and a rustic charm married to a sleek, modern sensibility, which is exactly the look they were going for, according to Orphanos.

“We have an Italian flavor in our interior design, but we tried to not be too Italian,” he said. “When [Maggie’s owner] Ambrose Magliocco and I came in to the building, we cleaned it up, painted, did the curtains and re-did the ceiling tiles...it’s a pretty place, it came out really nice.”

Reica Jaycox, manager of Maggie’s On Park, is local resident who has quite an impressive history in the restaurant biz.

“I was born and raised in Massapequa,” she said. “When I was 15 I started working at The great White Way deli, which is now Broadway Gourmet, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"broadway-gourmet-bagel-deli-catering"} -->. I left when I was 20 and one of the deli’s owners bought a store in Bellmore and asked me to manage it. After that I went to , then

Rocker September 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The food is the best... Ambrose is a hands on owner... Good luck..
Di S September 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I've been there twice with my friends. Ambrose is very nice. The service, food, atmosphere and drinks are GREAT!
1000 a month in taxes December 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What's unique about it? The menu bored me to tears.
1000 a month in taxes December 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Could we please have honest appraisals? Nobody would give this place 5 stars.
dorcro January 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM
It is clearly a matter of opinion as to what bores oneself. Perhaps if you are inclined to announce how much you are able to pay in taxes, you should go to The Plaza where you can pay ten times more for 1/4 the portion and half the quality...

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