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Michelangelo, Manorville: Closed, but namesakes proliferate

Part of the artwork of Michelangelo that adorns

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When I learned that Michelangelo Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Manorville had closed, I decided to call around to a few similarly named spots for more information. None, as it turned out, had any connection with that particular restaurant.

But from that search came an appreciation of  the sheer multitude of pizza/pasta places in Eastern Suffolk County, and a few in Nassau, named...

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Amarelle, Wading River: Do-it-yourself lobster roll

At Amarelle in Wading River, lobster salad is

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When is a lobster roll not a lobster roll? When you have to assemble it yourself.

On a recent evening, I happily put in the work at Amarelle in Wading River, where the lobster comes piled up in the middle of a plate, flanked by slices of “toasted brioche.” Actually, I have a feeling that these slices of brioche had been fried in butter — they were that rich and delicately crusty. I piled the...

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Blackwells in Wading River: New menu, style, name

A server brings menus to diners at Blackwells

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Blackwells in Wading River has changed its menu and approach this summer.

And it has a new name, too: Blackwells at Great Rock Golf Club.

Chef Chris Gerdes is emphasizing more moderate prices and greater use of local and organic ingredients in the New American eatery, which earlier was known primarily for steak.

His new menu includes dishes such as housmade spaghetti with pesto,...

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Amarelle chef Lia Fallon @ James Beard House

Thanksgiving leftovers for chef challenge -- Lia Fallon

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Lia Fallon, chef at Amarelle restaurant in Wading River, is slated to prepare dinner on March 7 at the James Beard House in Manhattan.

The cost is $130 for James Beard Foundation members, $170 to the general public. The foundation, named for the author and gourmand, is a culinary center and oversees the annual James Beard Awards.

Fallon, whose New American eatery earned a two-and-one-half...

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