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Doppio in Huntington: First bites

Pasta alla carbonara is among the choices at

(Credit: Newsday Peter Gianotti)

Doppio Artisan Bistro brings a very good, casual Italian restaurant to downtown Huntington.

You could ask whether the restaurant hub needs another one, but Doppio does carve its own welcome niche.

It's the offspring of a similar restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut. The new branch sends out tasty pizzas and pastas, plus panini, salads and a few savory main courses with meat or seafood.

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Chicken limone is one of the selections at

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Cucina di Vargas in Hewlett. The eponymous chef-owner, Narciso “Bien” Vargas, spent years at the helm of Hewlett's now-departed Matteo’s, which “earned him a sizable local following. Now, at the Italian restaurant that bears his name, he proves he hasn't lost his touch.”

Peter M. Gianotti visits the revamped Rein at the Garden City Hotel. Both...

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Friendly's launches burger design contest

Friendly's Ice Cream Shop in Levittown. (Jan. 10,

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In conjunction with National Hamburger Month — as if you didn’t know it fell in May — Friendly’s Ice Cream has launched an online build-your-own burger contest. It’s open to anyone 15 years or older.

Contestants design a burger by selecting a bread, protein, cheeses and toppings from a set list of ingredients and accompaniments, to be found at friendlys.com/burgerbash. The deadline for entering...

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Juliebelle's in Great Neck: Closed

Juliebelle's, Great Neck

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

A “for rent” sign hangs on the storefront that once housed Juliebelle’s Gourmet Market & Sandwich Shop in Great Neck.

The Northern Boulevard shop did a mostly takeout business, specializing in sandwiches with whimsical, sci-fi-related names. Most everything — including fries and mayonnaise — were made from scratch.

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LI's top 100 restaurants series continues

On the sushi menu is the eponymous Monsoon

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This week exploreLI.com publishes the fifth in a 10-week series of stories picking the Top 10 tables on Long Island in 10 different, popular categories. They are: Asian, Asian-fusion, International, Italian, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, New American, seafood, steak, sushi and, a more general one, Cheap Eats.

This week: Asian Fusion.  Click here to see our picks. The favorite: Monsoon...

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West African restaurant opens on Long Island

Flaky and savory meat pie at The Ellas

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

This has all the earmarks of a Long Island first: a restaurant serving the cuisine of Ghana and West Africa.

The Ellas Taste of Africa, tucked into a laundromat strip mall in Deer Park, offers such dishes as amala (yam balls) with stewed tilapia sauce and plantain fufu (dumplings) with palm nut, peanut and pepper soup. The restaurant is owned by a married couple — Isaac Asare and Gloria Yeboah...

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East Hampton's 1770 House hires 2013 chef

Michael Rozzi is at the helm of The

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Michael Rozzi, who led the kitchen at the departed Della Femina restaurant, is the new chef at The 1770 House in East Hampton.

Rozzi succeeds Matt Birnstill. Kevin Penner continues as executive chef at The 1770 House, where he earned the restaurant a three-star rating in Newsday. The 1770 House also is an historic inn.

Earlier, Rozzi cooked at Le Chef in Southampton and the Inn at Quogue....

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Cinco de Mayo at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito in Huntington

(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis)

Besito in Huntington and Roslyn celebrates Cinco de Mayo this year with a special cocktail, appetizer and giveaways.

New to the menu for May 5: lobster queso fundido finished with chipotle and poblano peppers ($14). The cocktail is a Patron Platinum Margarita with Cointreau ($22).

Guests also may enter for two giveaways: a gift basket from the restaurant and Patron; and dinner for six...

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