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Blend Wine & Tapas in Hauppauge: First bites

Flatbread with prosciutto, figs and Gorgonzola cheese at

Flatbread with prosciutto, figs and Gorgonzola cheese at Blend in Hauppauge. (July 2012) Credit: Newsday/Peter Gianotti

Pace's Steak House has a new neighbor: its offspring, Blend Wine & Tapas.

This isn't a traditional tapas bar or even one with Spanish specialties. But it's a comfortable spot for small-and-bigger plates that pair well with drinks.

The wine list could be longer and broader. There are, however, a few good ones by the glass to go with the bottles.

From the menu, try the flatbread with prosciutto, Gorgonzola cheese, pear and fig, a combo sure to make you order another round. The barbecued pulled chicken is satisfying. "Pig wings," cut from the lower part of the shank, are billed as spicy but are more vinegary tart. Blend has a "gnocchi bar," too. Pick a sauce and have a plate. The carbonara works. Mussel pots also are available.

Blend Wine & Tapas, 321 Nesconset Hwy., Hauppauge; 631-979-7686.

Flatbread at Blend.

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