Pasta and pizza are definitely a winning ticket, one available in almost every community in Nassau and Suffolk. Here are three candidates where you can sample either or both and leave satisfied.


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Favorites here include spaghetti with octopus, tomato and olive oil; black linguine with shellfish, calamari and tomato sauce; four-cheese pizza capped with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, fontina and pecorino; and the robiolina pie, a focaccia-style winner.

PASTA PASTA, Port Jefferson

Try cavatelli with roasted eggplant, pecorino cheese, sausage, spinach and tomato sauce; or whole-wheat penne with lump crabmeat, shrimp, asparagus and roasted red pepper sauce. Mediterranean pizza: eggplant, shrimp, onions, olives, goat cheese, tomato sauce, mozzarella.

LA VOLPE, Center Moriches

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Plenty to enjoy, starting with pasta con le sarde, or bucatini with sardines, fennel, raisins and company; bucatini all'Amatriciana; garganelli carbonara with ground walnuts; and pizza Palermo, with red sauce, sauteed onions, pecorino cheese and bread crumbs.