Long Island restaurants serving stellar red sauce

Cavatelli bolognese is served at Ciao Bella restaurant Cavatelli bolognese is served at Ciao Bella restaurant in Hewlett. Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

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So many tomatoes, so little sauce. First-class sauce, gravy or ragu, that is. Here are four restaurants that put the "oro" in pomodoro.

CIAO BELLA!

, Hewlett

Basic and bountiful: pasta alla chitarra in tomato-basil sauce at this modest, local hangout. Have it as a primi in advance of the kitchen's outstanding lemon chicken.

CASA RUSTICA

, Smithtown

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Hard choice between the spaghetti alla Giovanna, with tomato sauce, eggplant and ricotta salata, and the beef braciola with rigatoni and tomato sauce. Go with a friend and share.

MARONI CUISINE , Northport

The art of the tomato is a very small fraction of the meticulous fare at Maroni Cuisine. Yes, the televised "meatball throwdown" was a victory over Bobby Flay. Revel in red sauce. And anything else.

CENTRO CUCINA
, Greenvale

From pizzas to pastas to Parmigianas, Centro Cucina ranks as a top tomato. And sample the seafood, red accent or not. Easy to be a regular.

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