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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Vittorio's in Amityville: An update

The exterior of Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar,

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein, 2009)

Steakhouse, Italian, wine bar — Vittorio's in Amityville definitely is the sum of its parts.

Based on a recent dinner, the steakhouse side has the most appeal at this downtown mainstay, in a landmark, corner building.

Very good choices from that genre include the crabmeat cocktail, the dry-aged New York strip steak and sides such as mashed potatoes and crisp, fried onions.

Just...

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Petulant Wino in Aquebogue: First bites

The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue.

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Neither testy nor touchy, Petulant Wino arrives in Aquebogue with small plates, big flavors and good spirits.

Restless restaurateur Tom Schaudel provided the curious and attention-getting name, and clearly some of the cuisine's inspiration. He and his daughter Courtney co-own the bright newcomer, situated where Comtesse Therese Bistro used to be. Schaudel's establishments also include Be-Ju...

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Open in Wantagh: Fuscamos Bar & Grill

Fuscamos Bar & Grill is new to Wantagh

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Barely a week old, the new Fuscamos Bar & Grill  has moved into the Wantagh strip mall that last hosted the Half Full Tavern.

Although the place is owned by a few partners, it derives its name from two — manager Keith Amo and chef Chris Fusco. On Fusco’s menu: Gorgonzola steak tidbits ($10.95), seafood chowder ($8.95), a blackened chicken wrap ($11.95), shrimp scampi wrapped in bacon...

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Lia Fallon's Brewology opens in Speonk

Lia Fallon is executive chef at Brewology in

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Brewology, which refers to the science of brewing, now becomes synonymous with inviting New American cooking. Lia Fallon's restaurant in Speonk opens for dinner on July 2.

Fallon, formerly chef at The Riverhead Project, Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, and the now-closed Amarelle in Wading River, runs the kitchen in this highly anticipated spot. It's situated at the former address of Mahogany's...

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Lobster rolls at Kerber’s Farm in Huntington

Kerber's Farm in Huntington serves lobster rolls in

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Lobster with chickens. That’s the surprisingly appetizing twosome now on offer at Kerber’s Farm in Huntington. The lobster is mixed with chopped celery and a minimum of mayonnaise, piled into a toasted hot-dog bun and served with potato chips. While you eat, the chickens cluck contentedly in their coop along one side of Kerber’s lovely gravel-paved backyard.

Lobster rolls are $17.50, griddled...

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Matt Hisiger cooks coastal in Port Washington

Matt Hisiger is executive chef at H on

(Credit: H on the Harbor)

Matthew Hisiger, who earned four stars for the now-gone Panama Hatties in Huntington Station, is preparing a series of open-to-the-public, coastal-cuisine dinners at H on the Harbor caterers in Port Washington.

“It's a nice change,“ said Hisiger, who defined the New American style at Panama Hatties for 18 years and later worked for Sbarro for three years.

Hisiger joined H on the Harbor, ...

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Acacia in Huntington has new lunch choices

The dining room is busy and energetic at

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Acacia, one of downtown Huntington's newer destinations, has expanded its lunch menu, which is offered Thursdays to Sundays.

Just added are main course salads such as seared, peppercorn-crusted tuna with soba noodles ($16); a Cobb salad ($12); and a Caesar salad with grilled chicken ($14).

New sandwich choices: grilled cheese with Brie, arugula, red onion, Granny Smith apple, and caramelized...

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Azure Chocolat to close Greenlawn shop

Heather Rushforth-Foley, right, and Allison Krueger are owner

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Azure Chocolat, one of Long Island’s best chocolate shops, is shutting its retail store in Greenlawn; the 10-year-old company will continue to sell its sweets online (at azurechocolat.com) and to wholesale customers. Owner Heather Rushforth-Foley will move operations to the Stony Brook small-business incubator in Calverton. Longtime manager Allison Krueger will be moving upstate to manage a bakery-chocolate...

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Closed in Commack: Kurofune

Kurofune in Commack.

(Credit: Meghan Giannotta)

Kurfone, a long-standing Commack Japanese restaurant, has closed.

The place made its debut back in 1981 and, in its heyday, was a local nexus  for sushi lovers. But after 33 years, it had never been renovated. Last time I ate there — less than a year ago —  the interior looked rundown and depressing. And the sushi was fairly dull.

Still, Kurofune had fans. A colleague of mine...

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Black & Blue reopening in Huntington after fire

Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse will welcome July with good news: It's reopening

The downtown Huntington restaurant has been closed for six weeks following a kitchen fire, which started in the ductwork. There were no injuries from the May 17 blaze.  In addition to the kitchen, the dining area has been renovated.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. on July 1.

Black & Blue Seafood...

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