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Peter Gianotti

Peter M. Gianotti is Newsday's restaurant critic and wine-and-spirits columnist. He's the author of "A Guide to Long Island Wine Country," "Newsday's Guide to the Wines of Long Island," "Dining Out with Newsday" and co-author of "Newsday's Long Island Restaurant Guide" and "Eats NYC." Before reviewing restaurants, Gianotti was a Washington correspondent, economics writer, book critic and New York City reporter. Gianotti received his master's degree from Columbia University, where he also was a Bagehot Fellow; and his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, where he has taught journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives on Long Island.

Wild Honey in Oyster Bay: A taste of summer

Red snapper stars in the Caribbean fish taco

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Wild Honey has a sweet spot at the corner of South Street and East Main in Oyster Bay. And diners who'd like some alfresco with dinner find a pleasant perch there.

It's a warm-weather scene these days, befitting the address that once housed the summer offices of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Wild Honey is a popular local hangout, where the food and the wine are fine, with service to...

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Lobster Friday at J. Michaels in Northport

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

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Friday is aragosta night at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

The lobster special, dubbed "Lobster & Lovers," is a four-course, fixed-price dinner for $55 per person, plus tax and tip.

It starts with lobster bisque, followed by a choice of either lobster cocktail or lobster and broccoli rabe salad. The main course selections are a two-pound lobster, steamed, oven-roasted...

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J. Michaels' Tuscan Steakhouse makeover

"New World" meatballs are made with lobster, lightening

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J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay is closed and expected to reopen next month with a new emphasis on Italian cuisine.

And the original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport, where prime steaks have reigned, is offering a fixed-price dinner focused on the Italian part of the menu. It's likely to be the template for the Oyster Bay restaurant.

Both establishments will continue...

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Nissos in Syosset: First bites

Grilled octopus is served as an appetizer at

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Is 13 lucky?

Nissos is the 13th restaurant in 24 years at this address near the Syosset railroad station. It's definitely among the best-looking, too.

Awash in Aegean blue and white, with sail-like cloth billowing above and a display of fresh fish on ice near the kitchen, the whole place already merits praise for design and decoration.

Early on, some good choices include the tasty...

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Cinque Terre in Huntington Station: First bites

Cinque Terre in Huntington Station serves a fritto

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Cinque Terre, the long-awaited restaurant now in the former home of Panama Hatties, is a warm, traditional addition to Long Island's ever-growing number of Italian spots.

It's decorated with evocative photos of the Cinque Terre, five towns that cling to the dramatic coastline between Genoa and Pisa. But this Cinque Terre is more generally Italian than specifically Ligurian.

Cinque Terre...

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New chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook

Massimo Fedozzi at Vero in Amityville. (Jan. 6,

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Massimo Fedozzi, who earned accolades as chef at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, is the new executive chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook.

Owner and long-time chef Dennis Young said that Fedozzi is in charge of the kitchen and will develop new menus for the popular restaurant, which earned a three-star rating in Newsday.

Young said he expected that the new menus will...

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The Arden in Port Jefferson opening Thursday

The Arden is a new, stylish spot to

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The Arden, a destination for dining, dancing, live music and entertainment, is slated to open Thursday in Port Jefferson.

The restaurant is offering a tapas-style menu, with dishes such as duck tacos, root-beer braised short ribs, flatbreads, sushi rolls and larger plates such as a 24-oz. Tomahawk rib-eye steak, fish and chips and herb-rubbed tuna.

From the bar menu: tuna nachos, pork...

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Surf-and-turf special at George Martin in Rockville Centre

Shrimp are grilled over a high flame for

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On summer Saturdays, George Martin restaurant in Rockville Centre is offering a surf-and-turf  fixed-price dinner.

The three-course special, $49.95 plus tax and tip, includes a mini-lobster roll, with knuckle and claw meat, on a Parker House roll, with lemon zest and fresh chives; a Chairman's Reserve rib-eye steak with home fries, creamed spinach and horseradish cream; and a dessert...

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Greenport Harbor beer-pairing dinner at Mirabelle in Stony Brook

Mirabelle restaurant is located in the Three Village

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. beers will be poured alongside Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern food at a July 24 dinner hosted by the Stony Brook restaurant.

The cost of the three-course beer-pairing dinner is $50 per person plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The expected menu at the farm-to-table restaurant includes local striped bass with corn puree and pickled melon and minted...

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Open in Southampton: Saaz

The dining room at Saaz restaurant in Southampton,

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The aromas and flavors of India are inviting you to Southampton.

Saaz, an Indian restaurant and the offspring of The Curry Club in East Setauket, arrived earlier this week on County Road 39, at the quick-turning address most recently occupied by Spiro's.

The new restaurant features a $15 lunch buffet. On weekends, it's $16. At dinner, you'll find an array of curries, from plain to fired-up...

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