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The pizza picante emerges from the oven at (Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf

The Basil Leaf in Locust Valley is the latest and best identity for the longtime restaurant at The Plaza shopping center. It still has two main dining rooms, separated by a closed-in patio-walkway, but the two come together with satisfying food,

The entrance to The Basil Leaf is set
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The entrance to The Basil Leaf is set off the street in a small alley, making it feel like a hideway. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf has two main dining rooms.
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The Basil Leaf has two main dining rooms. One has a brick bar and vintage black-and-white photos of celebrities; the other, is more formal, earth-toned, and decorated with botanical prints. (Jan. 23, 2013)

One of The Basil Leaf's two main dining
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

One of The Basil Leaf's two main dining rooms. (Jan. 23, 2013)

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Chef Domenico Laera of The Basil Leaf. (Jan.
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

Chef Domenico Laera of The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's salad with slightly smoky, grilled
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The Basil Leaf's salad with slightly smoky, grilled octopus and white beans. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's pappardelle with sausage ragu and
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The Basil Leaf's pappardelle with sausage ragu and porcini mushrooms is husky and assertive. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's pizza piccante, with crumbled spicy
(Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton)

The Basil Leaf's pizza piccante, with crumbled spicy sausage and roasted pepper, has enough heat for winter. (Jan. 23, 2013)

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