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Not Your Grandma’s Calamari

Meet the fried squid that’s worth a trip to Amityville.

Fried calamari is to Massapequans like water is to the rest of America. That is, necessary for survival.

And while everyone has a favorite place to get it (“That place on Hicksville Road!” “Nah, it’s a spot in Brooklyn!” “Nope, it’s my mom’s kitchen!”),

Raimo’s in Amityville—a pizza joint/restaurant located in the strip mall on Merrick Road just past County Line—just might have the ultimate version.

Dubbed “Calamari Contadina Style,” this beautiful medley of tastes and textures is described in the menu as “crispy calamari tossed with sautéed broccoli rabe, cherry peppers, roasted garlic, and olive oil, topped with crumbled Gorgonzola.” In other words, the dish is crunchy, spicy, sweet, and savory…all at once!

Try it once, and you'll never ask a side of watery marinara sauce again.

Got a favorite place for Fried Calamari? Let us know in comments below.

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Kristen Ferrari February 18, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It used to be Butera's along with the Argyle in Babylon. Of course there is Randazzo's in Brooklyn. Yes, Calamari seems to be a necessity as you can see all the traveling involved! I was excited that Raimo's arrived here as I was a frequent visitor to their Woodbury Rd. location. Thanks for the review. It sounds delicious and worth a try!
Pequa Mom February 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The best local Fried Calamari can be found at Cara Mia Due on Merrick Road in Seaford. It is always tender and fried to perfection. The serving is large enough to share! Of course, as Kristen stated....Randazzo's in Brooklyn....if you are up for a road trip....and that Raimo's version sounds interesting...I may have to try it! Delicioso!!!
kathie March 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Believe it or not the best Fried Calamari is at Katie Daly's!!! Not the place you would expect but I get it every time & its ALWAYS perfect!!

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