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18 Bay, Shelter Island: Chefs Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels are devoted to the season and the market. At this charming country restaurant, their fare is "Italian inspired." The menu is a four-course affair that changes weekly. You may be there for lustrous striped bass crudo, fluke ceviche, fava beans with pecorino cheese and mint, grilled swordfish, goat-cheese cannelloni, cauliflower soup with almond pesto, almond cake, fig cake, peach-and-cherry upside-down cake -- all memorable. Closes for a month in winter. (Pictured: sauteed Montauk striped bass served with wax beans, snap peas and corn vinaigrette)(Credit: Randee Daddona)

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The 10 best Italian restaurants on Long Island: Eat here now

There are more Italian restaurants on Long Island than you'll find in many cities outside Rome. It's easily the favorite cuisine in Nassau and Suffolk. And that doesn't include the dedication of LIers to their pizza, either. Most places have southern influences, but plenty of northern Italian restaurants also thrive.

The current alphabetical list of our Top 10 Italian restaurants has two newcomers: casual Abeetza Next Door in Greenvale; and Rialto in Carle Place, which comes over from the former "international" category.

Mangia bene.