Verde in Deer Park: First bites

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Cod puttanesca is served at Verde restaurant in

Cod puttanesca is served at Verde restaurant in Deer Park in February 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

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The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

The dining room of Verde is decorated with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel image of the almost-touching hands of God and Adam.

And the busy, friendly, something-for-everyone restaurant is quite a creation itself.

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Verde in full is called a wine bar and ristorante. It's also a catering establishment. Situated opposite Tanger Outlet in Deer Park, the place doubtless balances all three roles many times.

As a restaurant, it succeeds with a broad menu that takes in everything from lasagna to a cheeseburger, pizzettes to cod puttanesca, assorted Parmigianas to elemental stuffed and roasted chicken.

That lasagna is husky stuff. And the cod puttanesca is a full-flavored treatment. Also good are the "Sunday" cavatelli with braciola, sausage, a hefty meatball and house-made ricotta.

Prices for main dishes go from the mid-teens to $30.

Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante, 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park; 631-242-8902.

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