Italian appetizers: some favorites

The "Italian sushi" appetizer, at Andiamo restaurant in

The "Italian sushi" appetizer, at Andiamo restaurant in Mineola, includes eggplant, prosciutto, pimiento, mozzarella, tomato nage and, yes, wasabi pesto. (March 24, 2012) (Credit: Yana Paskova)

You could make a very satisfying meal of antipasti, accompanying all with a glass of white, red or rosé. Here are some favorites where you're never short of good openers.

* Rice balls with meat sauce, peas and Parmesan cheese, at Casa Rustica, 175 W. Main St., Smithtown, 631-265-9265, casarustica.net

* Spiedini di mozzarella with lemon-anchovy sauce, at Pentimento, 93 Main St., Stony Brook, 631-689-7755, pentimentorestaurant.net

* Swordfish carpaccio with olive oil and lemon dressing, at Stresa, 1524 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-365- 6956, stresarestaurant.com

* Salt-cod salad atop arugula, at King Umberto, 1343 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, 516-352-8391, kingumberto.com

* Tomato-braised meatballs on polenta, at Kitchen A Trattoria, 532 North Country Rd., St. James; 631-862-0151, kitchenatrattoria.com

* Italian "sushi" with prosciutto, vegetables, mozzarella and wasabi pesto, at Andiamo, 149 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, 516-294-1715, andiamony.com

* Caponata with grilled shrimp, at La Volpe, 611 Montauk Hwy., Center Moriches, 631-874-3819, lavolperestaurant.com

* Seafood salad, at La Pace with Chef Michael, 51 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove, 516-671-2970, lapaceglencove.com

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