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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Classic spaghetti carbonara is rich and satisfying at

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City’s Gallery at Westbury Plaza. A wide selection of wines (by the bottle, glass and even a few on tap) is accompanied by a small-plates menu ranging from cheese and cured meats to pizzas, “compelling” bruschettas, pastas and salads and “tender, delectable grilled marinated lamb chops.”

Peter M....

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Vitae in Huntington hosts Spanish wine dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Spanish wines will highlight a dinner at Vitae in Huntington on Aug. 20.

The cost of the Wednesday night wine-pairing dinner is $75 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's menu included a Spanish-style seafood salad, matched with the 2012 Protocolo Bianco; roast suckling pig, with the 2009 Sierra Cantabria Crianza; and sirloin steak...

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Open in East Rockaway: Althouse 1848

Althouse 1848 is East Rockaway's newest gastropub in

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Althouse 1848 is new to the restaurant scene in East Rockaway. The bi-level gastropub occupies a landmark structure that dates back to 1848. On the ground level, there's a bar and outdoor patio; a dining room with another bar occupies the second floor.

In charge of the kitchen is Franco Maffettone, who was corporate chef for the Uncle Jack’s Steakhouses in Manhattan and Bayside. He also cooked...

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Fire sidelines Poco Loco in Roslyn

Poco Loco in Roslyn on May 5, 2013.

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Devotees of Poco Loco, a Mexican restaurant in Roslyn, will have to wait a few weeks before returning for a fajita-and-Margarita fix.

The casual, colorful spot recently had a kitchen fire. Harendra Singh, president of the Singh Hospitality Group, which owns Poco Loco, said that it is undergoing  renovation (mostly in the kitchen) and should soon be opening in a “new and improved” state.


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Macari in Mattituck named Winery of the Year at New York Wine & Food Classic

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are on a 500-acre

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Macari Vineyards & Winery was named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic. The Mattituck winery also won for "best red wine" for its 2012 cabernet franc.

Sparkling Pointe in Southold received the honors for "best sparkling wine" and "best vinifera sparkling white" wine, both for its 2005 Brut Seduction.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead won...

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Shark Week at Reel in East Rockaway

Shark Week 2014 runs until Saturday, Aug. 16,

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In case you didn’t know, Discovery Channel is in the midst of its annual Shark Week, when its programming features shows like “Jaws Strikes Back," "Monster Hammerhead” and “Sharkageddon.”

Shark Week has also been declared at Reel in East Rockaway. Now until Tuesday, chef Adam Goldgell is featuring all kinds of shark-based specials using either thresher or mako shark. There's a shark bites...

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Clam-eating contests for firefighters at Peter’s Clam Bar, Island Park

Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park serves both

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World Champion Eater Takeru Kobayashi (who holds Guinness Records for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta) will be on hand to coach local fire fighters and civilians in two clam-eating contests on Sunday Aug. 17 at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park.

Fire houses from Island Park, Long Beach, Lakeview, Baldwin, Point. Lookout, and East Rockaway will be sending some...

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Plainview Diner goes hi-tech

A touch-screen table display at the Plainview Diner

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It was the prospect of airy-light pancakes that drew me, one recent morning, to the Plainview Diner on Old Country Road. My breakfast turned out to be as anticipated.

What was unexpected, though, was the computer screen I found at my booth. It allowed me to instantly summon my waiter — and my check — at the touch of a fingertip.

I later found out that only 10 booths in the diner have...

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Signage gone amok at Whole Foods

A sign in the bakery department at Whole

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Displayed in the prepared foods case at Whole Foods in Jericho was a big bowl of egg salad. “Contains Egg,” warned the label. OK, I thought, Whole Foods is a big company with official labeling rules. “Corporate” must require all egg-containing foods to be labeled as such. Despite the hilarity factor.

Then I came across this sign in the bakery department: “Important. Our Slicer is Used for...

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Open at Greenvale market: Grace's Trattoria East

Grace's Trattoria East just opened within Grace's Marketplace

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A full-service dinner restaurant has opened at Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale, which, until now, has only offered breakfast and lunch.

Grace’s Trattoria East is both embedded in the market and, at the same time, sectioned off. Chefs Joe Trama and Brian Snider, who were at the now-closed Grace’s Trattoria in Manhattan, offer a menu that includes such choices as grilled baby octopus ($12),...

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