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Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola: First bites

Shrimp-and-chorizo risotto is an appetizer at Eric's Italian

Eric's Italian Bistro is like two restaurants under one roof. It's a destination for Italian-American favorites and for creative specialties from chef-owner George Echeverria.

Echeverria has starred with local restaurants, including the now-closed Amicale in Huntington Station, Soigne in Woodmere and Andiamo in Mineola.

Here, the appeal is from old-and-new dishes, including the creamy,...

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Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill opens in St. James

Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill in

Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill just made its debut in the St. James space that last housed Attilio’s Grill (but is perhaps best known for hosting the former Bella Vita City Grill). The new eatery offers brick-oven pizza and an Italian repertoire. Co-owner  Allison  Clusel said that,  for now, former Attilio's owner Sam Mancini is the chef.

The gas-fired brick oven...

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Walt Whitman mall opens two new eateries

The new Brio Tuscan Grille at the Walt

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You now have two new places to eat as the food scene at Walt Whitman Shops mall in Huntington Station continues to expand.

There's the new Brio Tuscan Grille, part of a chain based in Columbus, Ohio, that has as its motto “Italian food inspired by Tuscany.” On the dinner menu: beef carpaccio ($12.95), Margherita flatbread ($13.35), pasta pesto made with — really? — feta ($14.95) and chicken...

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Sal's Ristorante opens in Smithtown

Sal's replaces DiMaggio's in Smithtown. (Undated)

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Sal’s Ristorante replaces DiMaggio’s on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown. The original DiMaggio’s in Port Washington is under separate ownership and is open.

Executive chef Pedro Alvarez, who cooked at both DiMaggio’s locations over the past years, offers an Italian menu featuring such dishes as sausage and zucchini with melted Gorgonzola ($8.95), pizzetta Napolitana ($9.50), spaghetti and meatballs...

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Seaford spaghetti house

Frutta di mare at Dell'Amore Pizzeria and Spaghetti

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Dell’Amore Pizzeria and Spaghetti House in Seaford is another post-Sandy rescue story. The little place, formerly Carmine’s Pizzeria, had been destroyed by the storm when it was bought by Scott Meisel. Meisel had cooking and management experience at such places as Aldo’s of Floral Park, 56th Fighter Group in Farmingdale and the Garden City Hotel.

After extensive renovation, the eatery opened...

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New Italian eatery at Tanger, Deer Park

Milano Pizzeria & Ristorante at Tanger Outlet at

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If hunger hits while you’re prowling the racks at Neiman Marcus Last Call or the Banana Republic Factory Store, it might come in handy to know that Milano Pizzeria & Ristorante is the newest eating option at Tanger Outlet at the Arches in Deer Park. Find it in the space last occupied by Fratelli Trattoria.

Like its predecessor, it offers choices that range from a quick slice of pizza to...

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Waterside Italian spot reopens in Merrick

In Merrick, AcQua's outdoor dining tent offers water

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AcQua, a family-style Italian restaurant, makes its home in the former clubhouse of the Blue Water Yacht Club in Merrick. The place originally opened in June 2012 but, after taking a big hit from superstorm Sandy, was under renovation until a couple of months ago.  Now, diners can eat inside the two-story building or dine in an outdoor tent facing the water.

The place is owned by the...

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La Bottega comes to Farmingdale

The newest La Bottega is in Farmingdale. Pictured

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The ever-evolving Farmingdale restaurant scene now has its own La Bottega. The Italian sandwich/salad/pasta/ pizza franchise group, launched in Garden City South by Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta, now numbers 13, according to Giuseppe Ruta. There are also two in Queens, two in New Jersey, one in Brooklyn and, believe it or not, in Modica, Sicily.

On the Farmingdale menu: roasted salmon salad ($12),...

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Abeetza Next Door opens in Greenvale

Rigatoni Bolognese at Abeetza Next Door in Greenvale.

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Abeetza, a long-standing Greenvale pizzeria and takeout shop, has spawned a neighboring full-scale restaurant called, appropriately, Abeetza Next Door. It offers seating for about 35 and also features beer and wine.

Chef-owner Joseph DeLorenzo makes everything on-site — pasta, sausage, sauces, breads. DeLorenzo said that in the dining room,  the most popular dish is “angry” shrimp ($12.95)...

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Tre Sorelle, Sea Cliff: First bites

The lasagna at Tre Sorelle in Sea Cliff

Tre Sorelle, tucked into a Sea Cliff strip mall,  joins the ranks of  Long Island spots with a pizzeria in the front and a dining room in the rear.  This one is attractively appointed in soothing neutral tones.

On a recent evening, I stopped by for a dinner that began with a crisp crusted individual Margherita pie ($9.95), an appealing confluence of tomato sauce and cheese on...

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