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Savino's Hideaway Reopens with Classic Family Favorites

After years of property issues, Sguera family opens up and old favorite with some new twists.

For years, Savino's Hideaway was a family favorite on the corner of North Country Road and Pipe Stave Hollow road in Mt. Sinai.

The past few years, however, the restaurant remained dark as the Sguera family worked through a lawsuit and property issues in a fight to reopen. Now, the Hideaway has opened and is offering many of the same menu favorites that made them so popular years ago, with a new upscale feel inside.

Maria Carson, daughter of Savino Sguera, who first opened the restaurant in 1976, is looking forward to the response they get from old customers returning to the same great food with a new, modern look.

"We want to keep the same concept of family where the prices are reasonable, but we made the feeling of the place more upscale but still inviting," Carson said.

The family originally moved to Mt. Sinai in '76 from Nassau County. After years of running pizza places, Savino Sguera looked to purchase a business with more property. They found the Hideaway, packed up, and moved.

Carson, who was eight at the time the restaurant first opened, worked with her younger brother Joseph in the kitchen making garlic bread and pounding veal, while her oldest brother Leo, then 15, worked closely with her father cooking and preparing meals.

"In the beginning it was very difficult," Carson said. "When he bought the restaurant he didn’t know much about the surrounding area, didn’t know much about the competition and the place was very formal, so they kind of took everything down, made it as simple as possible and made it a family restaurant.

"Word of mouth spread. It took a while and it was very hard for them in the beginning, but we worked hard together as a family."

After selling in 1998, the family got the restaurant back three years ago, but had to wait to get permits lined up with the town. They got their liquor license in August, had a private opening over the weekend and officially opened to the public on Aug. 28.

The menu is very similar, Carson said, but there are a few twists to accomodate for the times, such as new salads and pizzas.

"We never did pizzas before because when my father came here he was done with pizza, and at that time pizza wasn’t really served in full scale restaurants," she said. "We thought it would be nice for people that want to come in and maybe have a small pie. That’s why we did the lounge too, so people could come in and have a few drinks and some appetizers without having to order a full meal."

Those who come in and don't find their favorite on the menu can call ahead and request a dish along with their reservation, and it will be made to order. They also plan on once again doing private parties in the back room.

"A lot of the traditons we are going to continue, but with new twists such as the pizzas and new salads," Carson said. "We have some new items but overall the majority of the menu is the same. As we evolve and learn our customer base, we’re going to keep changing."

antoinette August 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Our family has lived in MP since 1972 and we welcome the return of Savino's! We know the historic value of this building from the days when it was Capt. Roman's. The MP-MS area is so beautiful, near the beach, historic, quaint, and so deserving of this re-opening. Good luck. Yes, there is competition, but that is the American way. People will find their element. Worthy restaurants will attract their clientele. Good luck to this hard working family.
Captain Howard Hawrey August 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Well Said!!
Mels Ditties August 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
So nice to see a family work together to bring their restaurant back to life...Congrats & Best Wishes!!!
diamond August 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Have loved the hideaway since it opened have been sad since it closed. Now I am very happy they are back. Diamond
Donna B August 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I grew up in Port Jefferson and now live in North Carolina. My all time favorite place to eat was Savinos. Any time I was asked out for dinner I always said lets go to Savinos. I am so happy to know that it will be reopening.
Grace Ann Rosenberg August 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You will be missing good food...none of the other Italian Restaurants measure up to them. And they are friendly and very caring about their customers.
Alyssa August 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I just moved to MP a couple years ago- up the road from this restaurant, and I have always wondered why there were always cars there, the outside was always landscaped yet the place was always dark inside. I read about this place and have heard from so many people how great this place used to be and have been waiting for them to open so I can see for myself. So happy I have a nice place to go to right down the road! I wish they had a website so we can actually check the place out before going!
Dana Colonna August 31, 2012 at 03:17 AM
From Dana Colonna Rocky Point NY The family and the food there is out of this world!!!!!....I was there on friends and family nite,,and of course my son Nicholas Colonna is a waiter there tooooooo....soooo when you go there,ask for him to wait on you :).......
MP resident August 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
That's great news! My family and I went there many times in the '70's; I look forward to going there again. A salud!
Marian Larson September 01, 2012 at 12:45 AM
All the best to the Sguera family on your restaurant!
jeanne austin September 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Grew up with that restaurant, loved it, and can't wait to go back again!
Pete Beyer September 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
My wife and I had our first date at Savino's back in the fall of 2010. It was the beginning of something wonderful. We've moved from the area but get back often to visit relatives. It's been sad to pass the restaurant and see it closed. It's good news to learn the place is opening once again. Much good luck to Mrs. Carson and the rest of the family who made Savino's a special place. Pete Beyer
Dawn September 01, 2012 at 02:24 PM
My husband and I were excited to see the place getting a facelift but then was wondering why it never reopened. We were delighted when we drove by last weekend and the parking lot was packed. Welcome home. One suggestion? Could you create a website and post the new menu? : )
Sonya September 02, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I have been waiting for this restaurant to open for 3 years I am texting my friend and my girlfriends iam going with my husband
Gary Kelly September 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
My wife and I are looking forward to going there tonight for my birthday. I will post our thoughts later this evening.
ReeNee September 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I recently moved to this area and looking forward to visiting this restaurant! This place is getting rave reviews and a big welcome, so it must be great!
maryann dolan September 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Glad you are open again! Had many speical birthdays, confirmation lunches and family celebrations there during the 1980's. My son was a bus boy there when he was in High School, he always raved about how nice the owners were to their employees. Not to mention great food! Will be going there real soon!
Carol September 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I was so excited that Savinos was finally reopening..It had the best food and many of my friends and I would go as a group to eat and talk. I just went the other night and was disappointed with the menu, to me nothing like it used to be, The place is lovely insdie and out with the redo, but it was way too noisy to even talk to each other. Think you need help in the kitchen!
Sweet Cupcake September 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Negative peope need not attend... Why don't you go to Insignia.....
KevinB September 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The Mrs & I went for the lunch special last week. We really want this to work so I am offering this constructive criticism; 1- Buy a screen door for the kitchen to keep flies out. The bus boy offered up that it is much better at night, the flies go away. 2- I overheard my waitress address a customer's concern/question with "After a couple of more drinks you wont notice it" Really?. Not appropriate. 3- Bus boy was asked "How was it?" while I was still eating, both salad & entree, good youthful energy but needs to curtail what he thinks is nice chit chat to basics. WE DO LIKE the good food and I loved the cheese cake. Good Luck.
Living in Brookhaven September 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I went there last night (Sunday) with a party of 7 for a family celebration. Im not a food critic, but I like food. The place is beautiful. Decor is very upscale for a local place. It is VERY, VERY loud. The menu was generic and lackluster They looked at me like I had 2 heads when i asked for butter for the bread The baked clams were shucked, some breading thrown on and then baked, nothing special. Wine by the glass selections were boring Service is very attentive, prices are kind of high for lesser quality meals that are available at places like Amici in Centereach (a pizza joint) Overall my opinion is the place looks better then the food tastes and overall not a very good value.
Lew Chipp October 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
My wife talked me into going there recently. I certainly wish the Savino's well but I have to agree with the above. Same menu, lower prices, and equal to better quality can be found every hundreds yards or so up and down Rte 25a, Rt 25 and 347. I will not be going back.
Judith Raczko November 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Chipp, first try their delicious food and experience the warm atmosphere and excellent service....I'll be you'll change your mind and definitely go out of your way to go there! Heyjudie
Betty Schneider December 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
My husband and I were regular patrons of Savino's ten years ago, and were sorry to see it close. Yesterday we were back for lunch for the first time since the restaurant reopened. What a delightful experience. Service by our waiter Sean was exemplary, and the food was delicious. We will certainly be regular patrons again.
Fran Whalen December 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Fran Whalen My husband and I had one our first dates at Savino's back in 1984. I wanted to order Lobster Fra Diavlo, but was afraid it would be too expensive. My husband (boyfriend back then) said "order anything you want please, it's no problem" It was delicious, and he loved his meal also." However when the bill arrived, he didn't have enough money to pay for the meal" I helped him out, and he repaid me of course. We still have a good laugh about it after all these years. We just found out you have reopened and we are going there tonight. I can't wait.
moethegrass February 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Went last night for the first time. Great salad, great calamari, Great entree. Superb service. Expensive. Worth it for special occasions. They said, from now on, I can sit in my usual seat every time I come there.
Ken Farrell February 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Savinos was our favorite when we lived in PJS . We now live in East Moriches & can not wait to return. Just learned you reopened! Great! Ken F.
ElizCol March 08, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Savino's Hideaway is a restaurant that has been in this community and part of Long Island for many, many years. They have held membership within the LICRA for more than three decades as a quality establishment. Besides the personal bearing on this review, as my grandparents from Greenwich, CT found this location and food to be of top quality, I personally have had numerous occasions here with no displeasure. The family Sguera is in for great years to come, whether you join them or not!
Kurt Malinsky April 02, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Went for Easter Celebration with group of seven. Perhaps one of the greatest meals we have ever had for a family get together. Baked clams/calamari apps. delicious, seafood bisque breeming with chunks of seafood, Lobster Fra Diavolo best we ever had. Chicken and pasta exquisite. Desserts were tremendous. The experience was heightened by our waiter Nick. He was very attentive to our needs and no request was denied. We have already "inked" Savinos as a place we will frequent for special occassions. Thank you!!! Kurt Malinsky and Family
yvette schmitt June 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Can't wait to have dinner there last time was 1986 when had my wedding there always very,very good. Yvette Schmitt

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