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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.

Cafe Testarossa in Syosset: First bites

Meatball sliders are served at Cafe Testarossa in

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Actually, this should be more like the 101st bite.

I first visited Cafe Testarossa in 1988. It was very good. And, over the years, the restaurant named for the great marque of Maranello has zoomed along. There have been some hints of  Emilia-Romagna, but Billy Sansone's establishment usually  revved up in its own way.

Now, it's at full throttle, with Italian and New American...

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brook23 in Lynbrook: First bites

Lobster salad sliders are served at brook23 in

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Gastropubs are pouring it on in Nassau and Suffolk, and brook23 bar + kitchen in Lynbrook is a sudsy, sporty addition to the show.

The casual spot has enough TVs tuned to sports to keep you up to date on any scores. You may be focused more on the food and beverages, which often are very good.

The kitchen sends out tasty slider-size lobster rolls and an especially flavorful "crispy double...

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Grotta di Fuoco in Long Beach: First bites

Fettuccine carbonara is served at Grotta di Fuoco

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Grotta di Fuoco is firing up dining out in Long Beach.

Go down the industrial metal steps and you're in a bustling, lively, sub-street space that could have been exported from Williamsburg or another hot quarter of Brooklyn. And the lively, rustic Italian food is a welcome addition to West Beech Street.

Try a wood-fired pizza capped with eggplant, fennel, pecorino cheese, arugula and...

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Chef exits Gurney's in Montauk

The refurbished dining room is a refreshing highlight

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Seth Levine no longer is the executive chef at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Jennifer Oz LeRoy also has departed as food and beverage director.

They were brought in with much fanfare earlier this year as the landmark resort, formerly Gurney's Inn,  continues to undergo a major overhaul under new management. Sucessors to Levine and LeRoy have not been named.

A spokeswoman...

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Jamesport Manor Inn's $29 fixed-price dinner

The Jamesport Manor Inn is tucked away on

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If you're headed out to the North Fork for a festival or a wine tour, know that the Jamesport Manor Inn is offering a $29 fixed-price "fall harvest" dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Appetizer choices may include a roasted beet salad with bacon, goat cheese, orange and roasted pistachios; or a mixed greens with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Main dishes...

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Long Island chefs join in New York City Burger Bash

Chef Ralph Perrazzo is the owner of BBD's

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Three Long Island chefs will be among the participants in a "burger bash" at the New York City Wine + Food Festival, which starts Thursday and goes through Sunday.

Ian Russo of Plainview's Dirtyburger, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD's in Rocky Point and Sag Harbor's George Hirsch, host of "George Hirsch Lifestyle," will take part in the Friday burger session, hosted by Rachael Ray, from 7 to 10 p.m....

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Hamptons International Film Festival: Where to eat

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton in an autumnal

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Will Bill Murray star at Nick & Toni's?

The Hamptons International Film Festival opens Thursday, showing his latest film, "St. Vincent."

But just in case N&T's is packed, here are three recommendations for one of my favorite actors and comedians -- and for anyone who'll be in the general vicinity of Main Street and Newtown Lane.

Near the movies: Rowdy Hall. The pub-bistro...

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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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