John Noto is one of the Island’s most sought after caterers. He opened this new restaurant that promises to be an Island favorite for years to come.
John Noto, owner of V & J Soriano’s Pork Store, created Noto’s Casa Cucina – a restaurant that will combine the fun of a clam bar with the warmth and rich flavors of an old-school Italian restaurant.
“I always wanted to go into the restaurant business,” said Noto, who has operated Soriano’s for the past 12 years. “I always felt like I could put my own style on it. I always try things that other people won’t try.’’
He cites Soriano’s wildly popular Sunday Meatball Mania when he and his crew fry up 2,000 meatballs every week.
“They come from all over,’’ he said. “They go nuts.’’
We are located right next door to Soriano’s on Greaves Lane. The décor will make customers feel “like they’re walking into someone’s house. It’s clam bar with wood and metal meets cozy Italian kitchen, very warm and inviting,” says John.
The clam bar features a bounty of seafood – both raw and cooked — including clams, shrimp, oysters and calamari.
Also on the menu will be shrimp oregano, Zuppa di Pesce, zucchini pasta (zoodles), stuffed artichoke, an eggplant stack, brick oven pizza, fresh mozzarella and, of course, homemade meatballs and Soriano’s handmade sausages.
And don’t forget the Italian nachos — fried bread chips topped with John famous meatballs, ricotta, shaved parmesan, cherry peppers, fresh sausage, plum tomatoes, basil and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.