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Closed in Wantagh: Cherrywood Pizzeria & Restaurant

Cherrywood Pizzeria & Restaurant on April 24, 2009.

Cherrywood Pizzeria & Restaurant on April 24, 2009. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Cherrywood Pizzeria & Restaurant, a presence in Wantagh for the past 50 years, has closed, becoming part of local history.

The capacious strip mall eatery, which relocated several years ago from its original spot in the Cherrywood Shopping Center, was known for its Neapolitan, grandma and Sicilian pies but also served some nontraditional pizzas, like mac ‘n cheese and eggplant rollatini. Restaurant items, like gnocchi with pesto and chicken Francese, were also a draw.

If things go as planned, however, there should be pizza and parms at the same site soon. Ralph Belfiore, owner of Hudson’s Mill in Massapequa and Chop Shop Bar & Grill in Smithtown, said he's signed a lease on the property and aims to open a pizzeria and restaurant called Oregano Joe’s within the next couple of months.

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