Italian appetizers: some favorites

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The "Italian sushi" appetizer, at Andiamo restaurant in Mineola, includes eggplant, prosciutto, pimiento, mozzarella, tomato nage and, yes, wasabi pesto. (March 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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You could make a very satisfying meal of antipasti, accompanying all with a glass of white, red or rosé. Here are some favorites where you're never short of good openers.

* Rice balls with meat sauce, peas and Parmesan cheese, at Casa Rustica, 175 W. Main St., Smithtown, 631-265-9265, casarustica.net

* Spiedini di mozzarella with lemon-anchovy sauce, at Pentimento, 93 Main St., Stony Brook, 631-689-7755, pentimentorestaurant.net

* Swordfish carpaccio with olive oil and lemon dressing, at Stresa, 1524 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-365- 6956, stresarestaurant.com

* Salt-cod salad atop arugula, at King Umberto, 1343 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, 516-352-8391, kingumberto.com

* Tomato-braised meatballs on polenta, at Kitchen A Trattoria, 532 North Country Rd., St. James; 631-862-0151, kitchenatrattoria.com

* Italian "sushi" with prosciutto, vegetables, mozzarella and wasabi pesto, at Andiamo, 149 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, 516-294-1715, andiamony.com

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* Caponata with grilled shrimp, at La Volpe, 611 Montauk Hwy., Center Moriches, 631-874-3819, lavolperestaurant.com

* Seafood salad, at La Pace with Chef Michael, 51 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove, 516-671-2970, lapaceglencove.com

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