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Open in New Hyde Park: Bramasole Italian Restaurant

Bramasole in New Hyde Park is named for

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Bramasole Italian Restaurant has taken over the New Hyde Park space that last housed Vintage and, before that, Testaccio at the Gardens. Chef-owner Domingo Rodriguez, who cooked at Cara Mia Due in Seaford, said he named the dining spot for the house in the movie  “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Its interior is painted a sunny yellow and warmed by a fieldstone fireplace.

Instead of authentically...

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Christiano's, Billy Joel's Syosset inspiration, closes

Christiano's in Syosset is thought to be the

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Christiano’s in Syosset, the pasta-parm house long debated to have been the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,”  finally closed on Monday. The Singh Hospitality Group announced its plans to shutter and reinvent the "bottle of red, bottle of white" restaurant last year, then gave it a reprieve in August.

What about the Billy Joel memorabilia that defined the...

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Closed in Glen Cove: Marra's

Marra's in Glen Cove as seen on April

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Marra’s, an Italian restaurant on School Street in Glen Cove, has closed.

The colorful bi-level place first opened in 2000 and was known for its puffy-crusted brick oven pizzas, pastas, salads and Italian-style sandwiches.  

An outdoor dining patio was usually crowded on summer nights.

Currently, the site is unoccupied, a “for lease” sign posted on its window.


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Closed in Syosset: Bronx Pizza Company

Bronx Pizza Company in Syosset offered 17 beers

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Syosset has bid addio to Bronx Pizza Company, situated on a stretch of industrial area along Robbins Lane, just off the Long Island Expressway.

The pizzeria-pub opened in 2012 and was owned by the Zilla family, which has culinary roots in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. In addition to pizza, it also featured house-baked bread, hand-cut fries and, initially, house-smoked barbecue.

A one-and-a-half...

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Open in Selden: Boccone Pizzeria Brick Oven Ristorante

Boccone Pizzeria Brick Oven Ristorante in Selden serves

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Boccone Pizzeria Brick Oven Ristorante, new to Selden, is a pizzeria-trattoria equipped with both a regular and a wood-burning oven. From that oak-fired brick oven come thin-crusted 12-inch pies, among them a simple Margherita ($9.50) and a fancier seafood oreganata version ($13).

The place shares ownership with Filletto’s in East Northport and Spuntino in Dix Hills. On the dining room menu:...

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza opens near MacArthur Airport

The meatball-ricotta pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

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The coal oven has been fired up at Long Island's newest branch of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, which just touched down outside MacArthur Airport, in Bohemia. There are now six locations on Long Island.

What a boon to both travelers and locals, who can order such dishes as the lively meatball ricotta pizza ($16.99 small; $19.99 large), unconventional cauliflower pizza ($18.99 small, $21.99 large),...

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Closed in Long Beach: Serata South

Pasta Serata was served at Serata in Oyster

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Serata South in Long Beach has closed. The restaurant, which occupied the former Matteo’s site, offered an Italian menu as well as a late-night dancing scene.

The place opened in 2012 as an offshoot of Serata in Oyster Bay. That restaurant, which closed earlier, has since been replaced by J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse.

Serata South had the same menu as the original Serata, which received...

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Now open: Mulberry Street of Seaford

The new Mulberry Street of Seaford. (2014)

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Mulberry Street of Seaford is now serving pizzas, pastas and parms in the freestanding building that last hosted Butera’s of Seaford. Owner Christos Paloubis said he has a family affiliation with the longstanding Mulberry Street of Babylon Village, which has a similar menu.

While the new place has a full pizza menu, pies aren’t sold by the slice but, rather, in individual 10-inch or full 18-inch...

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Uncle Bacala's closes Smithtown location

Uncle Bacala's Italian Seafood restaurant in Garden City

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The Smithtown offshoot of Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park has closed. The place opened in 2011 but hadn’t really been making money, according to owner Peter Hewitson. “There are about 35 Italian restaurants within a mile or two,” he said, noting also that traffic problems and road construction had added to the restaurant’s woes.

Meanwhile, the original Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park...

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Groppelo's Ristorante opens in Port Washington

Groppelo's Ristorante replaces Sisina in Port Washington

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One Italian restaurant replaces another as Groppelo's Ristorante takes over the former Port Washington digs of Sisina. Although the switch actually happened months ago, the correct sign only recently went up.

On the menu: A Margherita pizza ($12.95), polenta and asparagus ($12.95), rigatoni Bolognese ($16.95), chicken scarpariello ($19.95) and shrimp and pico de gallo ($22.95).


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