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La Bottega comes to Farmingdale

The newest La Bottega is in Farmingdale. Pictured

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The ever-evolving Farmingdale restaurant scene now has its own La Bottega. The Italian sandwich/salad/pasta/ pizza franchise group, launched in Garden City South by Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta, now numbers 13, according to Giuseppe Ruta. There are also two in Queens, two in New Jersey, one in Brooklyn and, believe it or not, in Modica, Sicily.

On the Farmingdale menu: roasted salmon salad ($12),...

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Tre Sorelle, Sea Cliff: First bites

The lasagna at Tre Sorelle in Sea Cliff

Tre Sorelle, tucked into a Sea Cliff strip mall,  joins the ranks of  Long Island spots with a pizzeria in the front and a dining room in the rear.  This one is attractively appointed in soothing neutral tones.

On a recent evening, I stopped by for a dinner that began with a crisp crusted individual Margherita pie ($9.95), an appealing confluence of tomato sauce and cheese on...

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Torcellos in East Northport is closed

Torcellos in East Northport

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Memories of the now-closed Torcellos in East Northport always include its grand pasta e fagioli. The thick, rich savory prosciutto-enriched macaroni and bean soup, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan, warmed many on chilly days.

For now, that soup is out of reach. The  pizza-pasta-parm restaurant was located in the Elwood Shopping Center on Jericho Turnpike....

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Tre Sorelle open Sea Cliff Italian restaurant

Steamed clams with garlic & oil, white wine

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Tre Sorelle which, in Italian means “three sisters,” is the name of the new restaurant owned by siblings Summer Butindari, Lauren Butindara and Lia Jorquera. Although none is in the kitchen cooking, all three collaborated with chef Pedro Campos, who uses their Italian family recipes.

The place, which used to be a printing shop, was redesigned and rebuilt by their father, a contractor. There’s...

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Lindsay Lohan: Westhampton pizza therapy?

The clam pizza (vongole bianca) is a standout

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Back in April it looked like Lindsay Lohan would be heading home to Long Island for rehab, but the troubled starlet wound up at California's Cliffside Malibu instead. But now a California judge has approved a plan that will allow her to spend the final 30 of her court-ordered 90 days at Seafield in Westhampton Beach.

And we can’t help thinking: pizza.

Seafield is only a third of...

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Italian food that's friendlier in Woodmere

At Friendlier Trattoria & Pizzeria in Woodmere, shrimp

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I know full well how cautious friends are about suggesting where we should dine. So when a South Nassau resident of long and affectionate acquaintance asked me to meet her at Friendlier Trattoria & Pizzeria in Hewlett, I knew she must be pretty confident of its merits.

Friendlier first opened in 1976 as a pizzeria. In 1991 the owners added a dining room — and, thus, the right to call itself...

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La Casa Cafe in Northport: Redecorated, reopened

After a winter under renovation, La Casa in

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It was a busy winter for Joe Celano, owner of La Casa Cafe at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. Celano, along with two members of La Casa's crew, remodeled the interior of the restaurant without professional help. Now, said Celano, there’s a bigger waiting space as well as an expanded bar area with new hardwood floors. A 70-inch flat screen TV at the entryway plays a perpetual aquarium scene — unless...

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Weekend picks: Dining near Patchogue Theatre

An appetizer of curry puffs filled with diced

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It's young talent on stage Sunday at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. Twenty-six children, 8 to 18 years old, are scheduled to participate in the variety show for cash prizes.

The production goes on at 7 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 71 E. Main St. Admission is $9 to $25. For additional information: 631-207-1313; patchoguetheatre.com

While you're in the neighborhood, you...

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Doppio Artisan Bistro debuts in Huntington

This is the new Doppio Artisan Bistro in

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New to Huntington is Doppio Artisan Bistro, the Long Island branch of a Greenwich, Connecticut pizzeria-gelateria-trattoria. Executive chef Louis Barresi, who co-owns both restaurants with his brother, Joseph, launched the Huntington place with a third partner,Thomas Pescuma, who recently moved to the area.

Barresi said he learned to make pizza in Italy from a bread maker cousin in Altamura,...

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Suozzi restaurant opens in Glen Cove

Helene and Tom Suozzi in the dining room

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Tom and Helene Suozzi may not be making the chicken parm or the pizza served at tonight's opening, but the political couple has been instrumental in renovating and relaunching Glen Cove's (and, probably, Long Island’s) oldest Italian restaurant, Stango's.

Now called Stango's at the Orchard, the restaurant's timeworn look has been refreshed while still conveying a sense of the past. Wood tables...

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