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Weekend picks: Can-you-top-this pizza

Cauliflower pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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In mondo pizza, where extremism in defense of flavor is no vice, strange things happen. For example: the pineapple topping. Or the salad-bowl cover-up.

When the pristine Margherita won't do, here are three fine alternatives.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza: Thin crust, with roasted cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, pecorino Romano, bread crumbs. Savory and sharp.

Emilio's:...

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Savoy Tavern: Open in Merrick

The Savoy Tavern opened Jan. 7 in the

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The former site of Merrick’s Brooks & Porter steakhouse (2008-12) has a new tenant: The Savoy Tavern is owned by a group of first-time restaurant owners who hired noted New York restaurateur Gerard Renny to create the concept.

Renny, whose Manhattan ventures have included Bar Stuzzichini and Sushi A Go-Go, put his ear to the Merrick ground. “What I heard was that Brooks & Porter’s...

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Fit to be Thai: Long Island’s 10 best

Green curry with shrimp at Sarin Thai in

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Thai food is having a moment on Long Island, with an unprecedented number of ambitious restaurants serving authentic dishes that go way beyond pad Thai.

Newsday's Joan Reminick surveys the Thai restaurant scene, offers a guide to Thai menus (what exactly is massaman curry?) and reveals her 10 favorites....

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New Orleans cuisine: Alive and kickin' on LI

Flaky, fabulous biscuit -- big as a softball

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With Super Bowl XLVII fast approaching, thoughts turn to the host city of New Orleans. Having recently returned from what's arguably America's gastronomic epicenter, after days spent drifting from one super meal to the next, I've gained a renewed appreciation of how well the local Cajun and Creole cuisines are interpreted by Long Island chefs.

I compared the crusty, flaky and decidedly oversize...

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Garden City restaurant coming to Viking space

Shake Shack: Report from Westbury

At Shake Shack in Westbury, the SmokeShack burger

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I thought I’d let the crowds die down before I visited Shake Shack in Westbury. The buzzed-about burgerie, brainchild of renowned restaurateur-uber mensch Danny Meyer, opened Nov. 10 to much ballyhoo — and lines out the door. Last night, we had to wait about five minutes before ordering at the counter but managed to find a free table in the dining room.

I’ve been to Shake Shacks in New...

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Basil Leaf in Locust Valley: First bites

Sliced sirloin steak at the Basil Leaf Cafe

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Call it basilico.

In its latest life, this cozy establishment is The Basil Leaf Cafe Ristorante. Owner Vito Patronelli has transformed the place.

In appearance, it's similar to what any visitor over the years remembers. Basil Leaf still looks like a handsome, local gathering spot, with two separate dining rooms, one more rustic, the other more refined.

Very good Italian food defines...

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Ting in Huntington: First bites

Ting will be at 92 E. Main St.

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Asian-fusion, which has become more than a trendlet on Long Island, is the theme at the new Ting in Huntington. It's well-played.

Ting succeeds Dao and Legacy, the two restaurants with similar orientation that recently occupied this site, and improves on both.

Ting covers a lot of territory, from sushi and satay to Beijing duck and mashed potatoes. Some good choices: curry-infused butternut...

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New chefs at Madison's in Williston Park

Chef Jeffery Slade plating a dish at The

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Jeffery Slade is out as top toque at Madison's on Hillside in Williston Park, replaced by two executive chefs: Steve Demetriou, whose experience includes the former Fiddleheads in Oyster Bay and the Fishery Grill in Glen Head; and Will Kelly, formerly of Fatfish in Bay Shore.

Owner Kevin Madison said that the restaurant's New American menu would continue to change about every three days. Madison's...

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New Girl Scouts cookie: Delicious & nutritious?

Mango Cremes, the new Girl Scouts cookie, claims

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The latest salvo in the war on sensible eating has been launched by an unexpected combatant: The Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us, and this year’s new cookie is the Mango Crème. According to abcsmartcookies.com, these “tangy, refreshing tropical treats are packed with great taste AND vitamins! Crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies feature a mango-flavored crème filling with all...

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