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Milkshakes gone wild at Diner by the Sea in Long Beach

At Diner by the Sea in Long Beach,

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Katerina Langis counts her blessings. Her family’s Long Beach restaurant, Diner by the Sea, was flooded by superstorm Sandy, but the losses were limited to all of the food and a few refrigerators. A week later, the diner reopened, although Langis estimates that 40 per cent of the customers still haven’t returned to their homes in Long Beach. What customers they have are feasting on Diner by the...

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Jedediah Hawkins Inn closed till March 15

Visitors and guests sit in front of the

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Jedediah Hawkins Inn, the Jamesport landmark, is closed until March 15. A recorded message at the inn cited the closing is for "repairs," but gave no details. Earlier today, the Inn tweeted "We are closed until March 15. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hope to see you then." The restaurant at the Inn used to be named Luce & Hawkins. Former chef Keith Luce, who earned it three-and-one...

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Attilio's Grill: From Smithtown to St. James

A plate of chicken and eggplant, served at

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It's been several months since Attilio’s Grill relocated from a long-held Smithtown address to the digs of the former Bella Vita City Grill in St. James. The place was packed on a recent night when I stopped in for dinner. Clearly, chef-owner Sammy Mancini has a following. It doesn’t hurt that his straightforward Italian-American menu is so gently priced. Crabcakes, at $7.95 for two, were well...

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Suffolk Theater gets top chef Tom Schaudel

Chef and restaurateur Tom Schaudel of Jewel. (Nov.

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Not only will the newly restored Suffolk Theater make its debut Saturday night, but so, too, will chef Tom Schaudel as its new culinary director. Schaudel, who is also executive chef at A Lure in Southold and Jewel in Melville, will be putting out the food for a time-travel “back to the thirties” cocktail party gala, with period music provided by Vince Giordana and the Nighthawks Orchestra. Tickets...

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Vero in Amityville: Chef Massimo is out

Massimo Fedozzi at Vero in Amityville. (Jan. 6,

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Massimo Fedozzi, executive chef at Vero Italian Kitchen & Lounge in Amityville, has left the restaurant. Joseph Rosselli, who had been Fedozzi’s sous chef, has been promoted, according to Vero’s owner, Michael Esposito. Fedozzi’s Italian small plates earned Vero 3½ stars from Peter Gianotti when it opened in December 2010. Five months later, fire shuttered the restaurant. When it reopened last...

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Mediterranean diet: Nonna knows best

Alexandros stands out with adroitly grilled whole fish,

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The New England Journal of Medicine confirms what Italian-Americans knew all along: Nonna was right. Greek grandmas were, too. Likewise, Turkish, Croatian, southern French and all advocates of the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and some wine, too. The Journal reported a major five-year study that underscored how  the number of heart attacks and strokes...

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Top chef teaches pasta at Meat House, Roslyn

Nikki Cascone was on contestant on the fourth

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Top Cheftestant Nikki Cascone will be helping The Meat House in Roslyn celebrate its first anniversary with two pasta-making classes, the first on Thursday, the second on Saturday. Cascone, who was eliminated in the ninth episode of Top Chef’s fourth season, was praised by host Padma Lakshimi as a “human pasta machine.” At the Meat House she will demonstrate how to mix, knead, roll and shape three...

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Potter's Pub in East Meadow to close Saturday

Potter's Pub, East Meadow: Mike Amitrano, who had

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If you have fond memories of hoisting a Guinness, downing a burger and betting on the races at Potter’s Pub in East Meadow, you have only a short window of time to get  there before the place closes for good this Saturday night. Mike Amitrano, who has owned the pub for 23 of its 41 years, said that the damage caused by superstorm Sandy proved financially crippling. “I laid out so much money...

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza fires up in Commack

Cauliflower pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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Slinging its trademark “well done” coal oven-baked pizzas, a new branch of the Florida-based chain Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza makes its Commack debut today. That brings the total to four Long Island branches, with the other three situated in Woodbury, Carle Place and Wantagh. In addition to its traditional tomato and mozzarella pies,  the chain turns out several variations, among them a standout...

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Alligator, kangaroo, wild boar at Hicksville's West East

Jay Jadeja will be cooking an Asian wild

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This week, Friday is game night at the new West East All Natural Bistro & Bar in Hicksville, the reincarnation of West East Bistro. West East's five-course dinner includes alligator tail stir fry with crawfish tails, sweet chiles and Thai basil-tomato foam; Sichuan-inspired wild boar stew; marinated and grilled kangaroo medallions; "Cantonese"-style roast goose; and "mango madness,"...

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