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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.

Mirabelle in Stony Brook to host end-of-summer pig roast

Chef Guy Reuge reads an order in the

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Mirabelle restaurant will be roasting pork on Aug. 29.

The end-of-summer pig roast includes unlimited wine, beer and sangria, plus live music. The cost: $55 for adults, $20 for children younger than 12 years old. Mirabelle is situated in the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. The roast starts at 6 p.m.

The Friday dinner features roast suckling pig, barbecued spareribs, southern-style...

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Tony Colombos in Rockville Centre: First bites

Rice balls filled with beef ragu and peas

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Tony Colombos, full of good feeling and Italian-American favorites, is the newest entry in Long Island's most-competitive cuisine.

The restaurant, on the former site of Cielo, keeps the red sauce flowing and makes some tasty additions to the familiar repertoire. You'll like it.

Try the rice balls, filled with beef ragu and sweet peas, set on tomato sauce. Sample the fennel salad, updated...

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Vitae in Huntington hosts Spanish wine dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Spanish wines will highlight a dinner at Vitae in Huntington on Aug. 20.

The cost of the Wednesday night wine-pairing dinner is $75 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's menu included a Spanish-style seafood salad, matched with the 2012 Protocolo Bianco; roast suckling pig, with the 2009 Sierra Cantabria Crianza; and sirloin steak...

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Macari in Mattituck named Winery of the Year at New York Wine & Food Classic

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are on a 500-acre

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Macari Vineyards & Winery was named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic. The Mattituck winery also won for "best red wine" for its 2012 cabernet franc.

Sparkling Pointe in Southold received the honors for "best sparkling wine" and "best vinifera sparkling white" wine, both for its 2005 Brut Seduction.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead won...

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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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Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm at Brewology wine dinner in Speonk

Brewology, Speonk: Lia Fallon, formerly chef at The

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Randall Grahm,  the colorful and creative founder/winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards, will be the guest at a wine dinner Wednesday at Brewology, the new beer-centric gastropub in Speonk.

The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 631-801-6221. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Executive chef Lia Fallon's menu includes ceviche of octopus, shrimp and...

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Long Island's 10 best seafood restaurants

The grilled octopus at Kyma Restaurant in Roslyn.

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Newsday's "Eat Here Now," top-100 restaurant series continues this week with the 10 best seafood houses.

You put up with a lot of limp fried calamari and overcooked, farmed salmon before making the big catch. These 10 make up for all the overdone broiled seafood platters and stuffed flounders.

The 2014 list includes places as different from each other as the casual restaurant and market, ...

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Paumanok lamb roast in Aquebogue on Aug. 22

Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Aug. 28, 2013)

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Paumanok Vineyards hosts its fourth annual, family-style lamb roast on Friday, Aug. 22. The winery partners with ilili restaurant in Manhattan for the event.

Chef Philippe Massoud of ilili, a Mediterranean restaurant, is the nephew of Charles Massoud, co-owner of Paumanok. The alfresco dinner will include 12 Paumanok wines.

The cost is $175 per person plus tax; $150 plus tax for Paumanok...

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Brewology in Speonk: First bites

"Fig-a-licious" is an appetizer with "torched" figs, blue

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Brewology, Long Island's newest gastropub, in Speonk, looks terrific and pours some outstanding beers.

Maybe the food will catch up.

Chef Lia Fallon's refined cooking excelled at restaurants as different from each other as now-closed Amarelle in Wading River, Bistro 72 in Riverhead, The Riverhead Project and the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

At this artfully designed spot,...

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Port Washington restaurants open after Prospect Avenue fire

An exterior view of the back of the

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Downtown restaurants in Port Washington were open Wednesday after a fatal explosion and fire at a nearby residence Tuesday night..

The blast, which occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday, was felt a mile away. One person died. Five firefighters were injured. Read about the fire here.

Main Street restaurants were not damaged by either the explosion or the fire. One of the major eateries, Louie's...

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