Top 10 pasta dishes on LI

Long Islanders love their pasta!

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Restaurant critic Peter M. Gianotti has eaten more than his share of pasta at Long Island restaurants, and, naturally, some is better than others. Here are his 10 favorites.

  • Critic rating 3
    Casa Rustica restaurant in Smithtown, a haven for

    Casa Rustica $$$ 175 W. Main St. Smithtown Pasta con sarde: Sicilian reverie with bucatini, sardines, fennel, pignoli, more.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Customers at Verace in Islip can eat on

    Verace $$$ | Pasta, Pizza, Italian 599 Main St. Islip Spaghetti alla carbonara: the local Roman holiday.

  • Critic rating 3.5
    Try the fine butternut-squash raviolo finished with butter,

    Trattoria Diane $$$ 21 Bryant Ave. Roslyn Bucatini all'Amatriciana: full-flavored regional favorite from The Marches.

  • Critic rating 4
    The exterior of Stresa in Manhasset.

    Stresa $$$ 1524 Northern Blvd. Manhasset Bigoli alla Latina: pancetta, cabbage, tomatoes, pecorino, pleasure.

  • Critic rating 2
    Diners are ready to dig in at Mamma

    Mamma Lombardi's $$$ 400 Furrows Rd. Holbrook Penne arrabbiata: tomatoes, garlic, hot red pepper, an "angry" sauce to make you smile.

  • Critic rating 3
    Pentimento, a veteran Italian restaurant in Stony Brook,

    Pentimento $$$ 93 Main St. Stony Brook Spinach-and-ricotta gnocchi in pork-and-fennel ragu: North and South in harmony.

  • Critic rating 3
    Diners linger over their suppers at Almond restaurant

    Almond $$$ 1 Ocean Rd. Bridgehampton Linguine with clams: in an American-style bistro, an unexpected treat.

  • Critic rating 3.5
    Outside Luigi Q in Hicksville.

    Luigi Q $$ 400A S. Oyster Bay Rd. Hicksville Shrimp-stuffed paccheri: a relative of rigatoni that's finished in light tomato sauce.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Jonathan's Ristorante, at 15 Wall St., has been

    Jonathan's $$$ 15 Wall St. Huntington Strozzapreti alla Bolognese: "priest stranglers," similar to extra-long cavatelli, in meat sauce.

  • Cannolis in the main dinning room at King

    King Umberto $$ 1343 Hempstead Tpke. Elmont Cavatelli with braised short ribs: sweet peas, ricotta and pomodoro sauce complete it.

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