The search for great pasta takes you all over Long Island. This farinaceous quest does have its dips and swerves. But there are few explorations that can be as much fun. Here are some winners from the latest investigation.
* Bucatini with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and bread crumbs, at , Rockville Centre
* Orecchiette with crumbled sausage and kale, at , Miller Place
* Gnocchi with tomatoes, basil, eggplant and mozzarella, at Jonathan's Ristorante , Huntington