Weekend Picks: Big portions

Ciao Baby restaurant in Commack has a lively, Ciao Baby restaurant in Commack has a lively, family-friendly dining room. (Aug. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Doug Young

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A panoply of small plates is all well and good, but sometimes you just want a big plate. Here's a sampling of some of Long Island's heftiest portions.

CIAO BABY

, Commack and Massapequa Park

Rice ball: The practically planet-size "arancino" is made of creamy rice, ground beef and peas, fried and served with tomato sauce and fresh ricotta ($15.95).

PASTRAMI KING , Merrick

Triple decker sandwich: This towering pileup of pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and salami is a carnivore's dream -- and a cardiologist's nightmare ($15.95).

CARNIVAL

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, Port Jefferson Station

Pork chops alla Carnival: Center-cut bruisers are served with cherry peppers and potatoes -- and a choice of salad or pasta ($22).

SMOKIN' AL'S FAMOUS BBQ JOINT , Bay Shore and Massapequa Park

Haystack of fried onions: The ridiculously tall "haystack" of fried onions may obscure the person sitting opposite you ($14.99).

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