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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 Kenneth Pulomena, who saw the kitchen through its opening, has been replaced by Alexis Trolf, formerly of Caffe Laguna and Swingbelly’s in Long Beach.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 bar...

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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 she...

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Suozzis still on course for Stango's Glen Cove reopening

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi addresses colleagues before

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While Thomas Suozzi’s candidacy for Nassau County executive may be heating up local politics, it’s the renovation of Stango’s, a historic Glen Cove Southern Italian restaurant, that's on the front burner for his wife, Helene Suozzi. Both Suozzis head a team of investors in the soon-to-reopen restaurant, believed to be the oldest Italian dining spot on Long Island. “It’s still going to have the...

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Vespa in Great Neck: Sporting dinner in Great Neck

A vintage Vespa scooter

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Maybe I’m too competitive but I often consider dining a sport where each course constitutes a round with a winner and a loser. At a recent meal at Vespa, I placed in the middle Vespa Cibobuono, which has stood at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Great Neck Road since 1992, closed for a while last year for renovations and reopened in October 2012. Not much has changed; it’s still a friendly...

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Sa Vino's, Lynbrook: First bites

Fresh basil and chopped tomatoes, plus a load

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A recent dinner at the new Sa Vino’s Pizzeria Restaurant Wine Bar in Lynbrook proved a lively one. A plus, from the outset, was a waitress who was enthusiastic about both the food and wine she was serving. You'd be surprised how much that adds to an experience. To start, I was able to substitute the restaurant’s sesame-tinged Oriental dressing for the usual balsamic dressing (please, will somebody...

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Savoy Tavern: Open in Merrick

The Savoy Tavern opened Jan. 7 in the

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The former site of Merrick’s Brooks & Porter steakhouse (2008-12) has a new tenant: The Savoy Tavern is owned by a group of first-time restaurant owners who hired noted New York restaurateur Gerard Renny to create the concept. Renny, whose Manhattan ventures have included Bar Stuzzichini and Sushi A Go-Go, put his ear to the Merrick ground. “What I heard was that Brooks & Porter’s price...

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Mio Posto in Hicksville: First bites

Lobster fra diavolo at Mio Posto restaurant in

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Mio Posto means “my place.“ Now, make that “places.“ A new branch of the Oceanside restaurant is spreading the marinara in Hicksville, turning “Sunday sauce” into an everyday entree. This Mio Posto already is packed to high decibels on weekends, with an hour's wait the norm for a table on Saturday night. It's as if Old Country Road never experienced eggplant Parmigiana. But Mio Posto understands...

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Monaco's Coal-Fired Pizza: Fired up in Huntington Station

The signature Monaco's pie at Monaco's Coal Fired

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Monaco’s Coal Fired Pizza takes over the sideways-facing Huntington Station storefront best known for having housed Massa’s Pizzeria and, for a short time after that, Christian’s. The place is owned by the Pasquarosa family — father, Tony, mom, Laura, and son, Andy. According to Andy Pasquarosa, pizzaiolo Roni Sanchez has been making pies in the same coal oven for the past five years, under both...

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Maggie's on Park comes to Massapequa Park

Exterior of Maggie's in Massapequa Park. (Jan. 4,

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Maggie’s on Park may not sound like the name of an Italian restaurant, but this spacious and pubby-looking spot in Massapequa Park is so called because of the nickname of owner Ambrose Magliocco. Executive chef John Orphanos, who composed the “Italian American bistro” menu, formerly cooked at Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar & Grill in Oyster Bay and the departed Gabrielle’s Brasserie and Wine Bar...

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Savino's, Lynbrook: New for pizza, pasta and vino

Extra thin crust pan pizza layered with broccoli

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Savino’s Restaurant & Wine Bar takes over the former digs of Elegante Pizzeria & Restaurant. The new and fully remodeled place is still part pizzeria, but there’s also a formal dining room. And a wine bar commanded by Tony Caracci, known as Tony the Wine Guy. Previously, Caracci worked at Jewel in Melville and, for several years, at Hudson’s Mill in Massapequa. In charge of the kitchen...

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