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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset: First bites

Meatball sliders are flavorful at Cafe Testarossa in

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Actually, this should be more like the 101st bite.

I first visited Cafe Testarossa in 1988. It was very good. And, over the years, the restaurant named for the great marque of Maranello has zoomed along. There have been some hints of  Emilia-Romagna, but Billy Sansone's establishment usually  revved up in its own way.

Now, it's at full throttle, with Italian and New American...

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Kashi in Syosset: First bites

A toro, or fatty tuna, tasting is among

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Kashi Sushi Lounge in Syosset is the third Kashi to open on Long Island, and it's the showiest yet.

Maybe the crystal chandeliers do it, long and shimmering from the two-story ceiling. Or it could be the waterfall cascading down an artfully marine wall behind the sushi bar. Perhaps it's the food, too.

This glittery Kashi is serious about a certain style. But the Japanese, Asian-fusion,...

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset: An update

Grilled octopus with escarole, crushed tomatoes and chickpeas

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Cafe Testarossa is running on all cylinders. The restaurant, now almost equal parts Italian and New American, is more than two decades old. It has had a few lives over the years. But the food currently is sharper and better than before, whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs or a heritage pork chop on sweet potatoes. A very good starter: marinated and grilled octopus, tender,...

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Kashi open in Syosset

The Syosset branch of Kashi Japanese restaurant is

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Glittery and colorful, the new branch of Kashi is open in Syosset.

It's the third Kashi Japanese restaurant on Long Island. The others are in Huntington and Rockville Centre.

In full, this one is called Kashi Sushi Lounge. But, in addition to traditional sushi, sashimi and more than 50 sushi rolls, it offers plenty of the cooked fare and east-west combinations that also define the franchise.

At...

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset August specials

The main room at Caf? Testarossa in Syosset

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset is offering three midweek specials in August.

There's a fixed-price wine dinner on Tuesdays, "Martini Nights" on Wednedays and a $31, Thursday-night lobster special.

Chef William Sansone stuffs the 2-pounder with escarole, corn risotto, garlic, lemon and white wine.

"Martini Night" means $8 drinks and $8 appetizers available from 5 to 10 p.m.

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George Martin's Grillfire opens Monday in Syosset

George Martin's Grillfire opens in Syosset in August

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George Martin's Grillfire in Syosset turns on the burners Monday night.

The latest Grillfire succeeds Mim's at the Berry Hill Road location. Its American menu, with steakhouse mainstays, is similar but not exactly like those at the Grillfire branches in Merrick and Rockville Centre.

Expect grilled fish tacos ($12), buttermilk fried chicken wings ($10), chopped salad ($10, $15); ...

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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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CoolFish in Syosset: What's new

Crisp, whole red snapper highlights the menu at

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CoolFish remains situated in a windowless space in an anonymous building that opens onto a parking lot. Steven Del Lima is the latest chef to let the light in.

The Syosset restaurant, which keeps its stylized, contemporary interior, is under new management. Chef-owner Tom Schaudel sold it last year to the Singh Hospitality Group.

Del Lima currently is the consulting chef and also is...

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Coming soon: Kashi in Syosset

Kashi plans to open a new branch in

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Expect a new entry in Long Island's sushi wars.

Kashi, which has highly rated restaurants in Huntington and Rockville Centre, is expected to open a third branch in Syosset. Construction is under way at the site on the north side of  Jericho Turnpike, situated opposite Chris & Tony's restaurant, which is located at 352 Jericho Tpke.

The opening is expected in summer.

Kashi...

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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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