Uva Rossa, Malverne: New for small plates

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This is the new Uva Rossa, a wine

This is the new Uva Rossa, a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Malverne. Photo Credit: Handout

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Uva Rossa — Italian for red grape — is the name of the wine bar and small plates restaurant that opened last night in the Malverne space that, for over 30 years, hosted Cork N Board.

Chef owner Antonio Bove, who hails from Caserta, near Naples, also owns  Il Villagio Trattoria Italiana, as well as Antonio's Italian American Deli, both also in Malverne.

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Bove said that at Uva Rossa, his menu of shareable dishes represents both the North and South of Italy. Choices include grilled clams with ginger and lemon ($9.50), a Toscano panino of porchetta, arugula and pecorino ($8.50), meatball, lobster or crab meat salad sliders ($3.50 each), pappardelle with veal ragu ($13.50), and an entree of shrimp sauteed with leeks and prosciutto ($18.50). There are also several stuzzichini, or small snacks, such as prosciutto-wrapped dates stuffed with manchego cheese ($6.50) and grilled Brussels sprouts ($6.50). More options: meat or cheese plates ($12 to $20) and bruschette (3 for $13; 5 for $20).

A comprehensive wine list features wines by the glass, bottle and half bottle.

Uva Rossa is at 243 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, 516-612-7400.

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