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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.

Cinque Terre in Huntington Station: First bites

Cinque Terre in Huntington Station serves a fritto

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Cinque Terre, the long-awaited restaurant now in the former home of Panama Hatties, is a warm, traditional addition to Long Island's ever-growing number of Italian spots.

It's decorated with evocative photos of the Cinque Terre, five towns that cling to the dramatic coastline between Genoa and Pisa. But this Cinque Terre is more generally Italian than specifically Ligurian.

Cinque Terre...

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New chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook

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

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Massimo Fedozzi, who earned accolades as chef at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, is the new executive chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook.

Owner and long-time chef Dennis Young said that Fedozzi is in charge of the kitchen and will develop new menus for the popular restaurant, which earned a three-star rating in Newsday.

Young said he expected that the new menus will...

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The Arden in Port Jefferson opening Thursday

The Arden is a new, stylish spot to

(Credit: The Arden)

The Arden, a destination for dining, dancing, live music and entertainment, is slated to open Thursday in Port Jefferson.

The restaurant is offering a tapas-style menu, with dishes such as duck tacos, root-beer braised short ribs, flatbreads, sushi rolls and larger plates such as a 24-oz. Tomahawk rib-eye steak, fish and chips and herb-rubbed tuna.

From the bar menu: tuna nachos, pork...

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Surf-and-turf special at George Martin in Rockville Centre

Shrimp are grilled over a high flame for

(Credit: Doug Young)

On summer Saturdays, George Martin restaurant in Rockville Centre is offering a surf-and-turf  fixed-price dinner.

The three-course special, $49.95 plus tax and tip, includes a mini-lobster roll, with knuckle and claw meat, on a Parker House roll, with lemon zest and fresh chives; a Chairman's Reserve rib-eye steak with home fries, creamed spinach and horseradish cream; and a dessert...

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Greenport Harbor beer-pairing dinner at Mirabelle in Stony Brook

Mirabelle restaurant is located in the Three Village

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. beers will be poured alongside Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern food at a July 24 dinner hosted by the Stony Brook restaurant.

The cost of the three-course beer-pairing dinner is $50 per person plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The expected menu at the farm-to-table restaurant includes local striped bass with corn puree and pickled melon and minted...

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Open in Southampton: Saaz

The dining room at Saaz restaurant in Southampton,

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The aromas and flavors of India are inviting you to Southampton.

Saaz, an Indian restaurant and the offspring of The Curry Club in East Setauket, arrived earlier this week on County Road 39, at the quick-turning address most recently occupied by Spiro's.

The new restaurant features a $15 lunch buffet. On weekends, it's $16. At dinner, you'll find an array of curries, from plain to fired-up...

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New Gurney's in Montauk: First bites

Tuna tartare tacos with soy-sauce "pearls" are served

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The checks still refer to The Sea Grille and Cafe Monte. But, except for the ocean view and the resort's footprint, they're all that remain of the decades-old dining experience at Gurney's Inn.

Actually, Gurney's Inn is history, too. Under new ownership, it's officially known as Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Nautical kitsch has gone overboard in favor of a sleek, contemporary...

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Bastille Day: A tricolor of choices

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille.

You can attack a plate of escargots.

French restaurants are few in Nassau and Suffolk, so you might feel a bit revolutionary visiting one.  Here are three very good spots to join in the day's festivities.

Brasserie Cassis in Plainview is a big, buoyant, artfully appointed restaurant. It's situated in a shopping...

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Marble and Besito debut new summer cocktails

Besito offers three new summer cocktails based on

(Credit: Besito)

So, the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup match doesn't thrill you as much as it should.

And you're down about both Masahiro Tanaka's elbow and Noah Syndergaard's timetable to reach Citi Field.

Maybe a summer cocktail will help.

Marble Modern American Steakhouse in Floral Park and Besito in Huntington and Roslyn have concocted new ones.

Marble has added the "sweet corn sour,"...

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre offers weekend deal

GM BURGER BAR, Rockville Center: A handsome addition

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre will celebrate its first year in business with gift certificates for diners.

From July 11 to July 13, each table gets a $10 gift certificate to be used next time they visit the restaurant. Tap beers will cost $5 during the weekend festivities.

The kitchen will serve a "birthday burger" with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and house sauce on Texas toast....

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