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Ristegio's in North Patchogue: First bites

Cheesecake is artfully presented at Ristegio's in North

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You can eat very well by following the career of Richard Lanza.

The route from the now-shuttered North Fork Oyster Company in Greenport and the fine Blackstone Steakhouse now reaches the North Patchogue-Medford area.

Lanza and co-owners Steven and Joseph Lanza contribute letters — Ri-Ste-Gio (Joe) — to the amalgamated name of the New American and sushi restaurant, which rises like an...

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Ristegio's opening in North Patchogue Wednesday

Ristegio's restaurant in North Patchogue in April 2014.

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Ristegio's, the much-anticipated New American restaurant with chef Richard Lanza, opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. in North Patchogue.

The restaurant, which takes its name from those of owners Richard, Steven, and Joseph Lanza, is in the location that once housed Pat & Jim's, the chef's first restaurant.

Lanza has earned stellar reviews for his cooking, recently at Blackstone Steakhouse...

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Prime-rib special at Lombardi's in Patchogue

Patrons dine at Lombardi's on the Bay in

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Lombardi's on the Bay is beefing up spring dining with a prime-rib special.

The three-course, fixed-price dinner is available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, from 3 p.m. until closing. Cost: $32 plus tax and tip. It includes a house salad, a 16-oz. prime rib with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and dessert.

Lombardi's on the Bay is part of the group that includes Mamma Lombardi's in...

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Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse in Patchogue: Closed

Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse on Route 112 in Patchogue

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Say goodbye to the Patchogue branch of Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse, a big, boisterous bar and grill where multiple TVs blared multiple sports events and female servers in tank tops and short-shorts ferried food and drink to tables.

Meanwhile, in the vacated space, a new barbecue spot is getting ready to open within the next couple of months.

The original Westbury branch of Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse...

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That Meetball Place opens in Patchogue

That Meetball Place in Patchogue.

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That Meetball Place (yes, the spelling is correct) just rolled onto the Patchogue dining scene, taking up residence where the former Pura Vida Burrito Co. used to be.

According to general manager Jamie Selkirk, you will find 14 beers on tap and 30 to 40 in bottles. There’s also live music and eight TVs.

But the star, here, is the meatball — in many permutations, not all of which contain...

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Patchogue dining: 5 restaurant picks

The gargantuan burger at PeraBell in Patchogue, seen

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Patchogue's downtown area, once a culinary wasteland, has come into its own as a true dining destination. Stroll about and you’ll find a restaurant to satisfy your particular craving. Here are just five options. PERABELL FOOD BAR, 69 E. Main St., 631-447-7766 A booming bar scene is just one attration at this energetic gastropub. Here, you can make a meal of appetizers -- expertly fried calamari,...

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Seviche for sunny days

The tuna seviche is served at Chachama Grill,

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Seviche is a refreshing cure when the day is hot and the grill hotter.

Seviche, or ceviche, is fresh, uncooked fish that has been marinated with citrus juice, usually lime or lemon, changing texture and taste. The Incas used the technique to preserve fish, also adding salt and spice.

Today, cebicherias abound, from Lima to New York City. And seviche is getting splashy on Long Island,...

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New from Peru in Patchogue

The rotisserie chicken at Los Andes Restaurant in

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Los Andes, a Deer Park Peruvian restaurant, has spawned a new Patchogue branch. The new eatery occupies the diner-like space that last hosted Stop 275.

The menu is identical at both locations. Having eaten at the Deer Park place, I can only look forward to once again having the seviche de pescado ($12.50) made with generous cuts of white fish “cooked” by its citrus marinade. Also eagerly anticipated:...

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Peppercorn Cafe - newly cracked in East Patchogue

Peppercorn Cafe is new to East Patchogue. (May

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Just opened in East Patchogue is Peppercorn Cafe, which takes over the former home of South Country Inn. The casual restaurant has 14 tables and a full bar.

In charge of the kitchen is Chef Dave Moritz, who cooked at Off Key Tiki in Patchogue and Westhampton Steak House in Westhampton.

While lunch and dinner are now being served, the place will launch a breakfast menu May 22. Moritz's...

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Weekend picks: Dining near Patchogue Theatre

An appetizer of curry puffs filled with diced

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It's young talent on stage Sunday at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. Twenty-six children, 8 to 18 years old, are scheduled to participate in the variety show for cash prizes.

The production goes on at 7 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 71 E. Main St. Admission is $9 to $25. For additional information: 631-207-1313; patchoguetheatre.com

While you're in the neighborhood, you...

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