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San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria in Merrick, which closed briefly for remodeling and expansion, has reopened with a menu that encompasses more than crisp-crusted wood oven pies. Now, you'll also find appetizers, pastas and entrees. And a bar serving beer (there are four on tap) and wine.
While the new menu retains the pizza roster of the past — a popular one was the Caprino ($14), topped with fontina, goat cheese, caramelized onions and two kinds of mushrooms — there are also dishes such as a fresh mozzarella salad ($9), bucatini with meatballs ($13) and eggplant Parmigiana ($11). Among finales: a creation called a ricottella ($8) described as a combination of Nutella and ricotta baked in a crust and dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria is at 38 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-546-3300, smarzano.com.