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Columbus Day dining

Rotisserie chicken is one of the specialties at

Rotisserie chicken is one of the specialties at Sabor a Colombia, a restaurant in Levittown. (April 12, 2010) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

On Columbus Day, it's traditional to eat Italian food, in honor of the Genoa-born Cristoforo Colombo (his name rendered in Italian). Pesto, the glory of the Genovese table, is a standard item on most local Italian menus, so you might want to raise a forkful tonight.

But why not enjoy the cuisine of Colombia, the South American country named in the explorer's honor? Colombian restaurants are, virtually across the board, dependable locations for great chicken and great value. (I always say: Given the size of their portions, it's a wonder the Colombians aren't the fattest people in the world.) To wit:

La Finca, 170 Broadway, Hicksville, 516-935-0951

Gallo, 3 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-475-4667

La Brasa, 426 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, 631-467-3278

Casa Vieja, 1768 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, 631-434-8255

Delicias Latinas, 1700 Great Neck Rd., Copiague, 631-328-5122

Mi Tierrita, 769 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood, 631-231-1916

Pollo Rico, 2435 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-471-0585

Pollos El Paisa, 989 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-338-5858

Sabor a Colombia, 26 Division Ave., Levittown, 516-513-1520

Tierra Querida, 55 Sunrise Hwy., Freeport, 516-665-3104

Rotisserie chicken at Sabor a Colombia in Levittown

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