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Westbury is a restaurant hub in a part of Nassau with several of them. You'll never be short a satisfying meal, casual to formal, cheap to pricier. Here are five choices.
Azerbaijan Grill, 1610 Old Country Rd., 516-228-0001
Turkish, Persian and Mediterranean cuisines come together at the friendly, filling establishment. Enjoy the hummus and baba ghanoush, stewed lamb shank and marinated Cornish hen kebab. spinach pie and grilled striped bass.
Benny's Ristorante, 199 Post Ave., 516-997-8111
This local landmark offers outstanding Italian fare. Recommended: bucatini with sardines, fettuccine alla carbonara, gnocchi with braciola, eggplant alla Benny with capellini and goat-cheese ricotta, pork chop with hot peppers, cod Livornese, Italian cheesecake, cannoli, zabaglione with berries.
La Casa Latina, 611 Old Country Rd., 516-280-7795
You'll cover a lot of territory, from Mexico to Central America to South America, with a side trip to Spain. Notable dishes include shrimp seviche, grilled chorizo, octopus a la plancha, paella with chicken and shellfish, an Argentinian mixed grill, enchiladas and tamales.
City Cellar, 1080 Corporate Dr., 516-693-4500
A buoyant, brasserie-style restaurant, City Cellar delivers big, "modern American" flavors, with drinks to match. Sample the chips with Berkshire blue cheese, lobster or meatball sliders, shrimp with grits, hot pepper-spiced tuna, macaroni and cheese, pork osso buco.
Venere, 841 Carman Ave., 516-333-2332
Italian-American fare, with plenty of pizzas and pastas, will attract you to unpretentious Venere. Among the tasty choices: capellini primavera, chicken alla cacciatora, eggplant Parmigiana, garlic bread with chopped tomatoes and mozzarella, and those pizzas and pizzettes.