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La Bottega slashes prices March 4-10 in 3 locations

The Prego, a panini made from proscuitto, sauteed

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Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta, owners of the original La Bottega in Garden City South, will celebrate their restaurant’s 10th anniversary with a 50 percent discount that runs from March 4 to 10. The same deal prevails at the La Bottega restaurants in both Franklin Square and Roslyn but not at any of the 17 other La Bottegas dotting the Long Island landscape.

The discount will be taken off ...

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Molto Vino in Babylon: First sip

Cured meats are available at Molto Vino wine

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Slim as a Champagne flute, Molto Vino is pouring some fun into downtown Babylon.

The wine bar, offspring of the Solo Vino wine shop next door, snugly fits maybe 20 imbibers before it's standing-room time. On weekends, it's likely you'll be shoulder-to-shoulder. But on weekdays, it's possible to enjoy a tranquil sip, especially if you show up on the early side.

Wines are listed on the...

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Carvalhos brings Portuguese BBQ to Bellmore

Beef on skewers at Carvalhos in Bellmore.

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Portuguese barbecue is what’s cooking at Churrasqueira Carvalhos, which opened in the Bellmore space that last housed Cafe Symposio.

Here, meat, fish and poultry are grilled over wood charcoal and may be had as part of a rodizio-style all-you-can-eat option ($32.95 at lunch, $35.95 at dinner) featuring skewers of meat sliced to order. There are also such a la carte choices as a whole...

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In Glen Head, an Heirloom pasta

At the new Heirloom Tavern in Glen Head,

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Tucked into a gastropub menu that takes in chicken-fried steak sliders, a goat-cheese bacon cheeseburger, oxtail steamed bun and a platter anchored by hummus, feta and flatbread, comes the richest pasta I've tasted this year.

The restaurant is Heirloom Tavern, Kent Monkan's popular and populist venture situated at the Glen Head railroad station. And the pasta gilds a classic Roman dish. Get...

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Savoy Tavern in Merrick: Disappointing changes

The iceberg wedge served at Savoy Tavern in

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Barely a month after it opened in the former home of Brooks & Porter, Savoy Tavern has a new chef and a revised menu. Kenneth Pulomena, who saw the kitchen through its opening, has been replaced by Alexis Trolf, formerly of Caffe Laguna and Swingbelly’s in Long Beach.

Our first bites of the new set up were not promising. Panelle, the great Sicilian chickpea fritters, appear here as both...

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Craigslist ad of the day: Paging Mamma

Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito and Catherine Scorsese

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Perusing Craigslist’s Long Island food-and-beverage job board today, I found this intriguing plea for a “60 yr old plus Italian Mom for Restaurant (Nassau North Shore).”

“I have a themed Italian restaurant,” the ad reads. “Looking for an Italian MOM to represent restaurant, can and will provide transportation if need be, $12 to $15 per hour full or part time shifts can be 3 hours 6 hours if...

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Lucharito's launches in Greenport

A menu and hot sauces on the

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Lucharito’s, a Mexican restaurant with a “luchidor” (Mexican wrestler) theme, came into being this past December. As owner Mark LaMaina tells it, the place was born after his previous enterprise, Butta Cakes — a cupcake cafe with breakfast, lunch and, on weekends, dinner — was virtually destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

The new incarnation features table service as well as a beer and wine menu....

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South Beach gets touch of LI

NICK & TONI'S, East Hampton We say: Executive

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Anyone distraught over the current closing for renovation of Nick & Toni's in East Hampton can head to Florida. Chef Joseph Realmuto will be cooking there this week.

Realmuto is participating in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. George Hirsch, former restaurateur on Long Island, TV host and author, also will take part in the festivities, which start tomorrow.

Realmuto is executive...

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Ailing LI chef is Beard Award semifinalist for 3rd year

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

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Gerry Hayden, partner in The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, has been named a best-chef semifinalist in the annual James Beard Foundation Awards for the third consecutive year.

Hayden, who's battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, no longer is the day-to-day chef at the four-star restaurant.

He reached the JBF Awards finals last year in the annual competition for best...

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The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery, Huntington: Closed

The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery, Huntington,

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The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery in Huntington is no longer pouring. Or serving. 

One of Long Island’s loveliest secrets, Tea Room was situated in a Victorian-style conservatory on the property of a combination flower shop, nursery and landscape design center.  Even in the winter, it was a place to seek out for freshly baked scones and tea sandwiches on vintage china.

Currently,...

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