Pasquale’s Pizza & Pasta Café, with its checked tablecloths and excellent pasta Bolognese, said arrivaderci in late summer, making way for Picante’s Mexican Italian Grill.

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Pasquale had been operating since 2010 in what was formerly Brooklyn Pizza Café at 505 Bedford Ave. in Bellmore. Chef and owner Pasquale “Pat” Iorio focused on Italian-American comfort food. In addition to meat sauce, the restaurant was notable for its fine house-made Italian bread, thin-crust pizzas, and simple but rich cherry cheesecake.

The new Picante’s is still serving pizza and pasta, and has added fajitas, burritos, and other Latin American specialties; picantesmexicanitaliangrill.com, 516-308-4544.