Where to enjoy napoleons on Long Island

The napolean at Ciro's Italian Restaurant in Kings The napolean at Ciro's Italian Restaurant in Kings Park. (May 20, 2010) Photo Credit: Jason Andrew

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The napoleon, whose French name is actually "mille-feuille" (thousand leaves), is a confection that alternates layers of puff pastry with pastry cream and, sometimes, whipped cream and icing. The dessert has nothing whatever to do with Napoleon Bonaparte; in fact, its name is actually a corruption of "napolitain," relating to the city of Naples, where it might have originated.

We tracked down three variations of this opulent multitextured dessert on Long Island.

COZYMELS

, Westbury

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This cavernous Mexican spot features a banana napoleon that layers crisp fried cinnamon bunuelos with creamy banana pudding, fresh bananas and brandy cream sauce.

CIRO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

, Kings Park

The signature dessert at these Italian siblings is a simple napoleon made with puff pastry layered and coated with freshly whipped cream.

RAGAZZI ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR

, Nesconset

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The napoleon served at this sprawling trattoria features puff pastry layered, alternatively, with freshly whipped cream and vanilla custard.

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