Written by Salvatore DiBenedetto [@TheGrubfather]
There’s something really approachable about the moment you walk into Noble. A sprawling bar is the first thing you’re greeted with, but if you’re me, it’s the fire torched old fashion that says “hello!”
Peering around Noble’s open yet chic ambiance, I knew there was more to the story than just a typical neighborhood bistro… Turns out I was right. Noble is the brainchild of Rob DiSanto who learned everything he knows about food and hospitality in Italy – not by way of culinary school but by living and breathing the culture through his childhood.
“My brother Sal and I moved to Italy from the US when we were 10.” DiSanto tells me. “My family opened up a small wood fired eatery in our small town of Fiumeefreddo Bruzio, it’s actually still open to this day. Ever since then I was captured by restaurant culture and knew it was where I belonged.”
Yet Noble isn’t an Italian restaurant at all. Instead, DiSantos has crafted an intriguing American Bistro that gives a warm nod to his Italian upbringing with homemade pastas and signature family recipes.
“When Sal and I eventually moved back to the US, we spent all of our time either in a restaurant or at our family’s cabin in the Catskills. It was there that we started to experiment with cooking and curing meats.” Rob says, going further into how Noble was born. “In fact, sometimes we include our house-made cured meats in our meat & cheese board. We sold out quick this season, though!”
Their childhood in the Catskills seems to have lingering sentiment to the DiSanto’s. The space is warm and cozy, just like a cabin and the reclaimed wood in the restaurant is from the Catskills too. Different rooms offer a variety of vibes, from dimly lit romance to the backyard patio relaxation. This makes Noble a solid choice for dates, family dinners or even special events.
Most of all, Rob’s feel good spirit has sunk into the very core of Noble. The pleasant waitstaff and downright delicious food has created a classic yet signature experience. I made my way through some food courses that hit classic American flavor and others that reminded me of my own Italian upbringing. What really stuck out was the attention to ingredient, the effort put into each dish and one insane entree that left me awe inspired: The Chicken Parmesan Pizza (NO CRUST).
Yet every dish seemed to have a inticing flavor, from short rib to salmon right down to dessert.
Though only in its first year of operation in Oceanside, Noble has the potential to make waves. It’s a fan favorite in the club too. Throw it on your list!
3112 Lawson Blvd, Oceanside, NY 11572