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Continental restaurants

Steak au poivre is served with fresh carrots,

Steak au poivre is served with fresh carrots, green beans and potato croquettes at Cafe Capriccio in Port Washington. (Sept. 17, 2011) Credit: Steven Sunshine

'Continental" restaurants traditionally take in the cuisines of Italy and France, sometimes Germany and Spain. Switzerland might make a cameo appearance. And you could find the United Kingdom and the United States represented, too. Here are restaurants where you'll find the familiar alliances.

THE PALM COURT The main restaurant in The Carltun complex features dishes such as clams oreganata, dry-aged porterhouse steak, herb-crusted rack of lamb, duck with lingonberry sauce, and seared yellowfin tuna with carrot-ginger sauce. Eisenhower Park, East Meadow; 516-542-0700, ext. 1, thecarltun.com $$-$$$

CAFE CAPRICCIO The Capriccio name is familiar to Long Island diners. In its latest incarnation, top dishes include mezze rigatoni Bolognese, duck with cherry sauce, steak au poivre, pork chop Milanese, the meringue bombé and chocolate velvet cake. 14 Haven Ave., Port Washington; 516-938-0220, capricciorestaurant.net $$-$$$

SAN MARCO San Marco understandably deems itself northern Italian, but this mainstay also is a spot for onion soup, Caesar salad, baked clams, shrimp cocktail, shrimp fra diavolo, grilled steaks, cheesecake. 658 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge; 631-273-0088, sanmarcoristorante.com

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