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Dining out for the Feast of St. Joseph

Bucatini pasta with sardines at Antonette's Classico restaurant

Bucatini pasta with sardines at Antonette's Classico restaurant in Rockville Centre. (Feb. 2012) Credit: Newsday/Peter M. Gianotti

St. Joseph is honored on March 19. It's a feast day that celebrates the husband of Mary and traditionally includes special foods.

"St. Joseph's Table" takes in meatless meals, fava beans, minestrone, seafood and the delicious pastries sfingi and zeppole.

For a local taste of Sicily, here are three recommendations.

ANTONETTE'S CLASSICO in Rockville Centre offers an excellent orange salad, flavorful bucatini with sardines and fennel, calamari salad, scungilli fra diavolo, grilled swordfish, lobster arrabbiata. 509 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre; 516-764- 1900, antonettesclassico.com $$-$$$

CASA RUSTICA in Smithtown prepares an outstanding pasta with sardines, branzino cooked in a salt crust, lobster oreganata, lobster risotto, fritto misto, burrata mozzarella with caponata and roasted peppers, and pastries. 175 W. Main St., Smithtown; 631-265-9265, casarustica.net $$-$$$

SERGIO'S in Massapequa comes through with tasty perciatelli with sardines, calamari salad, fried calamari, orange salad, baked eggplant, stuffed artichoke, striped bass Livornese, vegetable antipasto, deep-fried sole. 5422 Merrick Rd., Massapequa; 516-541-6554, sergiositalianrestaurant.com $$-$$$

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