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Ciao Bella in Hewlett: First bites

Source Caption: VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK - APRIL

Source Caption: VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK - APRIL 17, 2009: Frederico Sammarone, owner and chef at Ciao Bella serves customers. Please note the structural beam for the L.I.R.R. station is in the background. Photographer: Photo by (Credit: Charles Eckert )

Just over a year after closing in Valley Stream, Ciao Bella has reopened in Hewlett, where the restaurant  prepares robust Italian food.

The trattoria-style eatery now is next to Pantano's, the breakfast-to-dinner spot on Broadway.

Freddy Sammarone continues to send out excellent lemon chicken and spaghetti alla chitarra with tomato-and-basil sauce. You'll also enjoy the serious sweets, from a lush tiramisu to cannoli and cheesecake.

The Valley Stream site, exited because of a landlord dispute, also was known for its location under a trestle. A structural beam stood in the restaurant itself, as if an industrial version of a classical column.

In the cozy Hewlett dining room, the look includes vintage Italian and French posters and an indoor rendition of a tile roof.

Main courses are in the high teens to the mid-twenties.

Ciao Bella, 1310 Broadway, Hewlett; 516-569-2654.

Freddy Sammarone, here in Valley Stream, is beaming in a different way in Hewlett.

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