Groppelo's in Port Washington: First bites

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Grilled shrimp with broccoli rabe and pico de Grilled shrimp with broccoli rabe and pico de gallo is served at Groppelo's in Port Washington. (Jan. 2014) Photo Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti

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The newest addition to Shore Road's route of restaurants is an old-fashioned spot, Groppelo's.

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Italian with a few Latin touches, Groppelo's is a warm, friendly restaurant. And it's an especially welcome dining room when the weather forecast mirrors today's.

You'll find tasty, little pizzas. Among them: the Venezia, which may not evoke La Serenissima, but will spark your appetite with prosciutto, salami, onions basil, mozzarella and tomato sauce; and the Toscana, which also plays with geography, but delivers a pie with fresh and smoked mozzarella, ricotta, arugula and tomato sauce.

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Also flavorful are grilled shrimp, encircling broccoli rabe and accented with pico de gallo; and a rustic, on-the-bone chicken scarpariello. There are plenty of pastas, among them a husky special of lasagna with beef and linguine with clam sauce.

Try a rich square of housemade tiramisu for dessert.

Main courses range from the high teens to the mid-twenties.

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Groppelo's is in the former site of Sisina.

Groppelo's, 55 Shore Rd., Port Washington; 516-767-8877.

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