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Peter Gianotti

Peter M. Gianotti is Newsday's restaurant critic and wine-and-spirits columnist. He's the author of "A Guide to Long Island Wine Country," "Newsday's Guide to the Wines of Long Island," "Dining Out with Newsday" and co-author of "Newsday's Long Island Restaurant Guide" and "Eats NYC." Before reviewing restaurants, Gianotti was a Washington correspondent, economics writer, book critic and New York City reporter. Gianotti received his master's degree from Columbia University, where he also was a Bagehot Fellow; and his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, where he has taught journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives on Long Island.

Oktoberfest at BrickHouse in Patchogue

Ale-braised sausages highlight the Oktoberfest menu at BrickHouse

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Oktoberfest beers are being poured across Long Island.

BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant in Patchogue has a malty, food-friendly one. Try yours with a selection from the restaurant's Oktoberfest menu, which will be available through Oct. 5.

The choices include good, ale-braised bratwurst and knockwurst, set on a 'kraut made with Brussels sprouts. A thatch of fried onions tops the dish....

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Farmingdale Meat Market burgers at Coliseum

Pat Mazzaro, left, and Lee Seelig stand in

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When the puck drops on Oct. 4, local burgers will be served at the Nassau Coliseum for Islander games.

Main Street Wholesale Meats, a division of the popular Farmingdale Meat Market, will be supplying the Coliseum with its hamburgers. The market has created an exclusive blend, made with brisket, short rib and chuck, for sale at all home games of the Islanders. They also will be sold during...

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Mirabelle in Stony Brook starts local wine dinners

Mirabelle restaurant is located in the Three Village

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Thursday's special at Mirabelle is a three-course dinner paired with local wine.

The Thursday “vine-to-dine” dinners go from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13. The cost is $47 plus tax and tip per person.

Typical items on the special menu include cheese pumpkin soup, roasted Long Island duck with a potato napoleon and pickled ramps, as well as a grape tart with sorbet, paired with the 2011 Cuvee Carnaval...

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Kashi in Syosset: First bites

A toro, or fatty tuna, tasting is among

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Kashi Sushi Lounge in Syosset is the third Kashi to open on Long Island, and it's the showiest yet.

Maybe the crystal chandeliers do it, long and shimmering from the two-story ceiling. Or it could be the waterfall cascading down an artfully marine wall behind the sushi bar. Perhaps it's the food, too.

This glittery Kashi is serious about a certain style. But the Japanese, Asian-fusion,...

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Antonette's in Bellmore closes

Antonette's Restaurant in Bellmore. (Oct. 4, 2012)

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After almost 10 years of serving Italian fare, Antonette's in Bellmore has closed. The restaurant announced the expiration of its 10-year lease on its Facebook page.

Antonette's Classico in Rockville Centre and Antonette's in East Hills both remain open.

In addition to its traditional Italian-American favorites, Antonette's was known for “Turn Back Tuesdays,” when dishes would be available...

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Garden City Hotel toasts fall with cocktails

The Garden City Hotel 's Polo Lounge welcomes

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At 10:29 p.m. Monday, autumn arrives. And mixologists at The Garden City Hotel's Polo Lounge have a trio of cocktails to celebrate it.

These drinks are the work of restaurant director Orion Berge and restaurant manager Greg Wool. They're served in the hotel's Polo Lounge. You may not mind saying so long to summer.

The “Upstate Jackrabbit” includes 1.5 ounces of tequila, one-half ounce...

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Oktoberfest kicks off at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held

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Lederhosen alert.

The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.

At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is...

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Grace's Trattoria East in Greenvale: Eat, shop, smile

Pizza with prosciutto, plum tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and

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Between the coffee-and-baked-goods counter and the butcher shop at Grace's Marketplace is this 40-seater for in-house dining. And Grace's Trattoria East is just as tempting and flavorful as everything around it.

Placing a very good little eatery in a gourmet market, of course, allows the shopper to rest before completing a grocery order, and get re-energized, too. Arrive early for breakfast,...

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Galleria reopens in Westbury with original owner

The dining room at Galleria Ristorante in Westbury

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Dominick is back.

That's Dominick Zelko, who opened Galleria, an Italian-continental mainstay, in 1984, and operated it until five years ago, when he sold the restaurant.

The popular spot, which once was known as Galleria Dominick, didn't fare too well under new ownership. Zelko now owns it once more. And after three weeks shut so it could be renovated, the “new” Galleria opened this...

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Chili cook-off to benefit Islip fire museum

At the first annual Big Chili Cook-Off at

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Are you ready to taste 100 gallons of chili?

The West Sayville Fire Department hosts a chili cook-off on Saturday. It's a fundraiser to support construction of the Town of Islip Firefighters Museum & Education Center. Admission is $10 for anyone 12 years old or older.

All proceeds benefit the building project. Groundbreaking is expected this fall in Central Islip, across from Bethpage...

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