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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.

Marble and Besito debut new summer cocktails

Besito offers three new summer cocktails based on

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So, the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup match doesn't thrill you as much as it should.

And you're down about both Masahiro Tanaka's elbow and Noah Syndergaard's timetable to reach Citi Field.

Maybe a summer cocktail will help.

Marble Modern American Steakhouse in Floral Park and Besito in Huntington and Roslyn have concocted new ones.

Marble has added the "sweet corn sour,"...

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre offers weekend deal

GM BURGER BAR, Rockville Center: A handsome addition

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre will celebrate its first year in business with gift certificates for diners.

From July 11 to July 13, each table gets a $10 gift certificate to be used next time they visit the restaurant. Tap beers will cost $5 during the weekend festivities.

The kitchen will serve a "birthday burger" with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and house sauce on Texas toast....

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Open: Spiaggia in Long Beach

Spiaggia Cucina Italiana is a new restaurant in

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The calamari are frying, the pasta is boiling, and the red sauce flowing in Long Beach.

Spiaggia, or, in full, Spiaggia Cucina Italiana, is open and accepting reservations. It's open seven days, starting at noon, in the space that formerly housed George Martin's Coastal Grill.

Expect antipasti such as those crisp squid fra diavolo, rice balls and mozzarella in carrozza; pastas including...

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World cups: Sip Peru's pisco sour in Glen Cove

Rotisserie chicken at the Manka Peruvian Kitchen in

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While Brazil weeps in its collective caipirinha, you can stay festive with another South American cocktail, the pisco sour of Peru.

This taste of Peru is available at Manka, newly opened in Glen Cove. The Peruvian restaurant also provides an introduction to some of the most refined, eclectic fare from Latin America.

A pisco sour typically contains two ounces of pisco, the grape spirit...

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Open: Shuko Beach in Wainscott

Shuko Beach in Wainscott in July 2014.

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Long Island's insatiable appetite for sushi is being fed a bit more by a new Hamptonian.

Shuko Beach, a pop-up Asian restaurant specializing in chef's-choice dinners, has moved into the Montauk Highway address recently occupied by Highway Diner & Bar.

The sleek establishment is overseen by chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly  of Neta in Manhattan. Shuko NYC is expected to...

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Montauk "taste" of restaurants coming July 20

Soft corn tacos served at SWALLOW EAST in

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Montauk restaurants and caterers are set to show off their specialties on July 20 at the local Chamber of Commerce's second annual "taste of Montauk."

Tickets for the event are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. To buy tickets, contact the Montauk Chamber of Commerce at 631-668-2428; or purchase them online at www.montaukchamber.com

The tasting will be held at the Montauk Downs/ 360...

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'A Love Shared' benefit for chef Gerry Hayden and ALS research

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

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An "all-American BBQ feast" prepared by chefs who've cooked at The River Cafe will be held July 16 to raise funds for research on Lou Gehrig's disease and to assist chef Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, who has ALS.

The "A Love Shared" event will be held at The River Cafe in Brooklyn. Brad Steelman, Bill Telepan, Bryan Voltaggio, Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Toni's...

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Open: Greenport Harbor Brewing in Peconic

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Two years in the making, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company's new brewery in Peconic is open on the former site of Lucas Ford Trucks. And Long Island's biggest independent brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, July 12.

There will be a $25 ticketed VIP session with complimentary beer from 3 to 4 p.m. (Click here for tickets.) From 4 to 8 p.m., the event is open to the public...

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Vittorio's in Amityville: An update

The exterior of Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar,

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein, 2009)

Steakhouse, Italian, wine bar — Vittorio's in Amityville definitely is the sum of its parts.

Based on a recent dinner, the steakhouse side has the most appeal at this downtown mainstay, in a landmark, corner building.

Very good choices from that genre include the crabmeat cocktail, the dry-aged New York strip steak and sides such as mashed potatoes and crisp, fried onions.

Just...

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Petulant Wino in Aquebogue: First bites

The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue.

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Neither testy nor touchy, Petulant Wino arrives in Aquebogue with small plates, big flavors and good spirits.

Restless restaurateur Tom Schaudel provided the curious and attention-getting name, and clearly some of the cuisine's inspiration. He and his daughter Courtney co-own the bright newcomer, situated where Comtesse Therese Bistro used to be. Schaudel's establishments also include Be-Ju...

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