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Pepe Rosso 24 in Port Washington: Revisited

Vibrant and fiery penne arrabiata at Pepe Rosso

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

It had been close to two years since my last visit to Port Washington's Pepe Rosso 24, a casual pizzeria-ristorante. Back in January of 2011, the place received a three-star rating because its food set it apart from the masses of seemingly similar places on Long Island. How, I wondered, would it fare today?

Right now, I'd give it a strong two and a half stars. The ultra-thin crusted Margherita...

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Garden City's Calagero’s: Dinner with a smile

At Calagaero's in Garden City, pan-roasted mozzarella is

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Calagero’s serves a version of Italian cooking that’s so common on Long Island that it’s really its own cuisine. You know the drill: Clams oreganata share the appetizer bill with P.E.I mussels; the pasta roster includes old-country favorites and American standards like pasta alla vodka and penne primavera; entrees range from Francese-Marsala-Parmigiano land to blackened rare tuna with chipotle aioli....

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This week's restaurant reviews

Tuna 4 Ways, chopped tuna served on spoons

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

What is special at Kushi Japanese Fusion restaurant in Nesconset, says Joan Reminick, is the sushi, the rolls and the mixed seafood yaki udon. Plus, the warm and welcoming service. She gives the restaurant two and a half stars.

Peter M. Gianotti says that veteran eatery Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington ranks among the top five or six places to dine in town. He cites Chef Tito Onofre's saute...

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Tom Suozzi: Primary investor in Stango's, Glen Cove

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi (Sept. 22,

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi may have had a reputation for stirring the political pot, but come this spring, those pots should be bubbling with marinara sauce.  Suozzi and his wife, Helene, are lead members of a group of investors taking over Stango’s, a restaurant that had been integral to Glen Cove's history for close to a century. The restaurant closed temporarily earlier this...

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Lula in Mineola: First (small) bites

Veal Milanese topped with arugula, Parmesan and capers

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

Circa Enoteca, the Italian restaurant that closed in May, has been reborn as Lula Trattoria, which aims to split the difference between Italian and small plates. “Tasting is fun,” declares the menu, which has been “crafted to sample and share a variety of dishes.”

I confess that approach is usually lost on me: I’m virtually immune to variety, happily admit that in my book no panoply of plates...

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Any bowl of spaghetti in a storm

Spaghetti pomodoro at Luigi's q in Hicksville. (Oct.

(Credit: Newsday Marjorie Robins)

Not to be disrespectful in any way to those of you who ate peanut butter and jelly by candlelight for dinner, and I know there are lots of you, but the forces of  post-Sandy wound up serving me a beautiful hot meal last night at Luigi Q in Hicksville.

I had to search around a bit for it. After I left the office in Melville, I thought I'd just ride around Nassau County a little to see...

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Mamma Lombardi's in Holbrook: A river runs through it

Mozzarella in carrozza at Mamma Lombardi's in Holbrook.

(Credit: Newsday Peter Gianotti)

The river of tomato sauce that goes from Great Neck to Montauk has many tributaries. One flows straight to Holbrook.

It crests at Mamma Lombardi's, which has been preparing Italian-American favorites for decades, emphasis on southern-style cooking.

This restaurant is the original in a mini-empire that takes in eateries in Port Jefferson and Patchogue, a solid pizzeria next door, and...

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Vero in Amityville: Reopening, accepting reservations

Patrons dine at Vero, an Italian restaurant in

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Vero in Amityville, one of the top restaurants of 2011 and long-closed because of a fire, is accepting reservations for Nov. 1.

Reservations are available online via Open Table. The information also is available on Vero's Facebook page.

Massimo Fedozzi, who earned the modern Italian restaurant three-and-one-half stars, returns as chef. He has been cooking at nearby Vittorio's, which...

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Sergio's in Massapequa: Local landmark

Stuffed artichoke at Sergio's restaurant in Massapequa. (Oct.

(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

Sergio's has been a local landmark for Italian-American food since the 1980s. It still is.

By now, the decor has a lived-in look that almost could pass for retro. And the style is so unpretentious and welcoming that you'll feel like an instant regular. The prices remain very fair, too.

You probably know most of the menu before you see it. Recommendations include the ample, stuffed artichoke...

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La Piccola Liguria in Port Washington: Revisiting a star

Fried anchovies at La Piccola Liguria in Port

(Credit: Newsday/Peter Gianotti)

On this dreary day, something sunny: La Piccola Liguria.

I remember first enjoying the restaurant in 1990. It's even better today, with enough daily specials to celebrate the seasons and the market, as always nearly doubling the size of the regular menu.

These days, you can taste what must be the last of the vitello tonnato and what's surely the first of the pumpkin pie.

It's hard...

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