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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Paumanok lamb roast in Aquebogue on Aug. 22

Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Aug. 28, 2013)

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Paumanok Vineyards hosts its fourth annual, family-style lamb roast on Friday, Aug. 22. The winery partners with ilili restaurant in Manhattan for the event.

Chef Philippe Massoud of ilili, a Mediterranean restaurant, is the nephew of Charles Massoud, co-owner of Paumanok. The alfresco dinner will include 12 Paumanok wines.

The cost is $175 per person plus tax; $150 plus tax for Paumanok...

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'Grown on Long Island' event in Yaphank

Local produce is the main feature at the

(Credit: Natasha Beccaria)

The Long Island Farm Bureau is hosting a day of local produce, wine and food competitions at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank on Friday, Aug. 8. At the “Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day" farmers market, you’ll have the chance to buy local fruits and vegetables, chat with the farmers, taste wines and visit with the farm’s animals.

At 10 a.m., chefs Kyle Romeo (Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport)...

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Open in Stony Brook: Green Tea Restaurant

Green Tea Restaurant brings authentic Cantonese cooking to

(Credit: Green Tea Restaurant)

Chinese cuisine looks to be in the midst of a Long Island renaissance: Most recently, Moonstone debuted in Great Neck and, before that, Red Tiger Dumpling House turned up in Stony Brook. Now, also in Stony Brook, along comes Green Tea Restaurant (subtitled Remember the Taste of China), which takes over the vacated digs of Centara Thai Cuisine, just steps away from Stony Brook University.


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Closed in Levittown: Sicilia Risturanti

Sicilia Risturanti in Levittown. (May 18, 2012)

(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Authentic Sicilian cuisine was the hallmark of Sicilia Risturanti, which opened in Levittown two years ago. The restaurant, which received a two-and-a-half star rating in June of 2012, has closed.

Dishes that impressed were the convincingly Sicilian panelle, or fried chickpea fritters, the classic pasta con sarde (bucatini with sardines, fennel and pine nuts) as well as the moist baked swordfish...

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Open in Port Washington: Organico

Organico in Port Washington takes over the Main

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Organico Restaurant and Bar has opened in the Main Street storefront that used to house Kazan (and, before that, Innuendo and Big Apple BBQ).

Danny Gagnon, the consulting chef, wrote the menu and developed the recipes. Gagnon, a former "Top Chef" contestant who ran the kitchen at the now-defunct DoraNonnie in Glen Head, is currently the chef at the Union League Club in Manhattan. He said he...

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Open in Greenlawn: Akebono Sushi Fusion

Akebkono Sushi Fusion Restaurant has opened on Broadway

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Akebono Sushi Fusion is now serving up rainbow rolls, General Tso’s chicken and shrimp tempura in the recently vacated digs of Azuma Sushi Asian Fusion on Broadway Greenlawn in Huntington.

Head sushi chef David Li offers such items as spicy tuna tartare ($11),  yellowtail jalapeno roll ($5.50), Hawaii roll with black pepper tuna and mango ($13.95) and a sushi dinner ($18). From chef Chun...

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Sacramone's, a top pizza place, closing in East Meadow

At Sacramone's in East Meadow, a cheese pie

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

The crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil-topped "mama's old-fashioned" pizza at Sacramone’s Italian Restaurant in East Meadow made it into Newsday's  "Pizza: 10 Long Island Pies Worth the Drive." If you want to dig into that coal-fired oven-baked pizza, you'd better get over to Sacramone's on Hempstead Turnpike before Aug. 15. That’s when the restaurant is slated to close.


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Open in Island Park: Gran Paradiso Italian Cuisine

Gran Paradiso Italian Cuisine is new to Island

(Credit: Gran Paradiso Italian Cuisine)

Gran Paradiso Italian Cuisine is serving house-made tagliolini, gnocchi and paccheri in the former Island Park digs of Meson Iberia.

While the place is named for a national park in the mountains of Northern Italy, chef-co-owner Benny Collado and his partner (and cousin), manager Bernardo Collado, hail from the Dominican Republic. Previously, Benny Collado cooked at Toro Pazzo in Wantagh and...

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Brewology in Speonk: First bites

"Fig-a-licious" is an appetizer with "torched" figs, blue

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Brewology, Long Island's newest gastropub, in Speonk, looks terrific and pours some outstanding beers.

Maybe the food will catch up.

Chef Lia Fallon's refined cooking excelled at restaurants as different from each other as now-closed Amarelle in Wading River, Bistro 72 in Riverhead, The Riverhead Project and the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

At this artfully designed spot,...

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Port Washington restaurants open after Prospect Avenue fire

An exterior view of the back of the

(Credit: Allison Michael Orenstein)

Downtown restaurants in Port Washington were open Wednesday after a fatal explosion and fire at a nearby residence Tuesday night..

The blast, which occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday, was felt a mile away. One person died. Five firefighters were injured. Read about the fire here.

Main Street restaurants were not damaged by either the explosion or the fire. One of the major eateries, Louie's...

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