Suozzi v. Haber in pasta primaries

Left, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive Thomas Left, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, who will face Adam Haber, right, in the primary election. (Aug. 22, 2013, Aug. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp, Danielle Finkelstein

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According to current polls, the race for Democratic nomination for the Nassau County executive seat has Tom Suozzi leading Adam Haber, 58 to 25 percent. When it comes to calamari and baked clams, however, the two appear to be in a dead heat.

You see, both politicos have major involvements in Nassau County Italian restaurants: Suozzi is married to the lead investor at Stangos at the Orchard in Glen Cove, and Haber is a partner at Lula Trattoria in Mineola. Both dining spots garnered two star (very good) ratings in Newsday reviews earlier this year.

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Lula Trattoria, which specializes in Italian small plates, was termed a buoyant spot thats all about good taste in the Dining Out column in January. Standouts included the brick-oven pizzettes, meatball sliders and rigatoni with sausage, Gorgonzola and Swiss chard. Great house-baked bread, as well.

Stangos at the Orchard, the renovated version of Long Islands oldest Italian restaurant, was featured in the Cheap Eats column this past May. The review cited checkered-cloth tables and such culinary highlights as lasagna Bolognese, crepes Fiorentina and roasted spring chicken. House-made focaccia and garlic knots were terrific.

Who can best run a county? Not venturing an answer on that one. This much, though, we can tell you both contenders know their gnocchi.

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