There can never be too many Italian restaurants on Long Island, where the cuisine reigns and excels. Here are three kitchens from 2015 that earn attention.

MANNINO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE

The largest and most ambitious of the Mannino trio is a major destination on Jericho Turnpike. Check out the parking lot on a weekend night. The sprawling, two-story establishment can accommodate plenty. Recommended: grilled octopus; escarole and white beans; cavatelli with cauliflower, pine nuts, raisins and breadcrumbs; beef braciola; pan-seared pork chops; scungilli and calamari marinara. $$-$$$

2158 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 631-462-0909, manninosrestaurant.com

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SOPHIA ITALIAN BISTRO

Enrique Bermeo, former chef at Luigi Q in Hicksville, joins Richie Sanseverino, a veteran of Tesoro in Westbury, to open this richly satisfying restaurant. Recommended: hot Italian peppers; seafood salad, tuna carpaccio; eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce; spinach ravioli; baked Dover sole; pork chop with hot cherry peppers and caramelized onions; cheesecake; cannoli. $$-$$$

71 Merrick Rd., Amityville; 631-598-1150, sophiabistro.com

LA PALA

The name refers to the long paddle used to put in and retrieve pizza from the oven. A vintage model is next to the wood-burning oven. So, pick a pizza, Margherita preferred. At lunch, sample a panuozzo, or hot sandwich. Also recommended: baked clams, grilled octopus; stuffed paccheri pasta; the Parmesan trio of veal, chicken and eggplant; roasted pork belly with clams and white beans. $$-$$$

246 Glen St., Glen Cove; 516-399-2255