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Fresko Mediterranean Grill opens in Franklin Square

Serving gyros, Greek homestyle dishes, Neapolitan pizza and

Serving gyros, Greek homestyle dishes, Neapolitan pizza and burgers, Fresko Mediterranean Grill is now open in Franklin Square. Photo Credit: Fresko Mediterranean Grill

When Tom Daliapes grew weary of running a diner that required a commute to the city, he decided to close up his New York location and open a restaurant on Long Island.

The result is Fresko Mediterranean Grill in Franklin Square, a hybrid Greek restaurant and pizzeria that he opened a couple weeks ago, where he serves Greek dishes and Neapolitan-style pies made in a wood-fired, brick oven.

But wait, there’s more: The restaurant also sells burgers sourced from Pat LaFrieda with a menu of eight variations, each on an 8-ounce burger, such as the Chicago, with Cheddar, mushrooms, onions and bacon. (Burgers run $6.50 to $9.)

If you’re overwhelmed by choice, Greek dishes are the highlight, such as standbys like pastichio, moussaka, and spanakopita served with lemon potatoes ($12.25 each).

For a few authentic meats, there’s loukaniko, Greek pork sausage seasoned with orange peel and fennel seeds, along with the Cyprian seftalia, kind of like Serbian cevapi, a caseless sausage. In addition to gyros, there’s a Turkish doner, too. (Meat dishes and sandwiches cost $6.95 to $8 for a sandwich and up to $18 for a platter.)

Greek dishes outsell pizzas, though you can get a margherita, a Buffalo chicken pizza or a grandma-style pie as well as pizza by the slice. Pizzas range from $12 to $18. By the slice is $2.50 to $3.25.

Fresko offers delivery and takeout as well as the option of grabbing a table in its 20-seat dining room. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Fresko Mediterranean Grill, 691 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-307-8832,

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