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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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Torcellos, East Northport: $9.95 lunch deal

The Cobb salad on the prix-fixe lunch at

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Driven by a craving for pasta e fagioli, I landed at Torcellos in East Northport one recent afternoon. What I found was an irresistible lunch deal which, at $9.95, included soup or a salad plus half a hero or lunch pasta — or else soup plus a salad. That combination turned out to be my choice. A soft drink was also included.

Lunch began with the pasta e fagioli I had been jonesing for — ...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Lula Trattoria's had a fireplace mid-restaurant. (Dec. 22,

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The menu at the new Lula Trattoria in Mineola is divided into a dozen sections and offers “one big tasting of little plates,'' writes Peter Gianotti in this week's Fine Dining review. He especially liked the tuna crudo and duck prosciutto. Gianotti gave the restaurant two stars.

At the Aegean Grill in East Northport, Joan Reminick says in her Cheap Eats review to try the chargrilled octopus...

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Aegean Grill, East Northport: First bites

Tender, meaty octopus at Aegean Grill in East

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A recent dinner at the new Aegean Grill in East Northport featured warm and efficient service. The space, which used to house Gyro Time, now sports an outside vestibule that traps cold air. Also new are heavy drapes on the lower portions of  the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the place. Still needed: full-length drapes to stem the chill that, nonetheless, wafts in.

A bowl of chicken...

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Aegean Grill replaces Gyro Time in East Northport

Aegean Grill takes over the former home of

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Gyro Time is over. The little Greek restaurant in East Northport was sold the day of Superstorm Sandy and has reopened, following a few renovations. It still serves Hellenic cuisine but is now called Aegean Grill.

Alex Stathatos, who was a partner at Souvlaki Palace in Commack, is this restaurant's chef-owner. His sister, Barbara Stathatos, for years, a popular waitress at Souvlaki Palace,...

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Deli La Union: El Salvadoran fare in East Northport

Tacos at Deli La Union in East Northport

It was a tip from a savvy reader that steered me to Deli La Union, a little El Salvadoran eatery in East Northport that’s been open about four months.

The counter-service spot has several tables, most of which were occupied the afternoon I stopped in. Overhead, a TV played a Spanish-language soap opera. Behind the counter was a steam table, but the tacos and pupusas I opted for were made to...

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Jade Palace, E.Northport, goes pan-Asian

Peanut-avocado roll at Jade Palace, East Northport

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Formerly a Chinese restaurant, Jade Palace in East Northport has taken a pan-Asian turn, adding a sushi bar as well as a host of Thai and Japanese specialties.

A recent dinner started with a rousing bowl of hot and sour soup. Jumbo shrimp in a red curry sauce was a Chinese-Thai hybrid: nicely cooked shellfish and lots of vegetables in a dark and nuanced sauce.

I had no complaints about...

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