This week’s restaurant reviews

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Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn

Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn and Chop Shop in Smithtown, is the chef at Five.Five 2 in St. James. (Jan. 25, 2013) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Five. Five. 2 in St. James, “a restaurant so confident and convincing that you’ll start using 5-5-2 as lottery numbers.” In the space that used to be O’s Food and Wine Bar, chef Adam Pitré makes stylish plates, small and large.

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Joan Reminick visits Mermaid Asian Bistro in Ronkonkoma. In a “Long Island restaurant pool already swimming with hybrid Asian dining spots,” it’s a cut above.

If you’re still thinking about where to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of Long Island’s most swoon-worthy chocolate restaurant desserts, from the classic chocolate souffle at Stresa in Manhasset to the innovative “chocolate trio” at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip, which incorporates chocolate pot de crème, Stumptown espresso, molten-chocolate cake and white-chocolate ice cream. Wait, isn’t that a chocolate quartet?

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