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Mediterranean restaurants: 3 must-try spots on Long Island

Seafood paella, with baby shrimp, mussels and scallops

Seafood paella, with baby shrimp, mussels and scallops is a toasty specialty for two at Viaggio Tapas in Rockville Centre. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

You’ll enjoy many and varied tastes going along the Mediterranean coastline. Here are three: Spanish, Italian, and Greek.

 

ALEXANDROS, 1060 Rte. 25A, Mount Sinai; 631-928-8600, alexandrosrestaurant.com

This rustic, Greek restaurant is warm and reliable. Go for the taramasalata, and the saganaki, the grilled octopus and the ample salads. Dependable main dishes include moussaka, pastitsio, and especially the grilled New York strip steak, porterhouse steak, and pork chops. Baklava to conclude.

 

SOPHIA ITALIAN BISTRO, 71 Merrick Rd., Amityville; 631-598-1150, sophiabistro.com

Big-hearted and full-flavored, Sophia Italian Bistro stands out with fare that takes in long hot Italian peppers, burrata and tomatoes, beet salad, seafood salad, fried calamari, baked Dover sole, red snapper Livornese, pork chop with hot cherry peppers and caramelized onions, and escarole and beans.

 

VIAGGIO TAPAS, 324 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-208-7789, viaggiotapas.com

Soulful Spanish small plates define Viaggio Tapas. The best ones: Iberico ham, patatas bravas, smoked Basque oysters, house-made sausages, spicy shrimp heads, grilled octopus, and the cured meat and cheese boards. And be sure to finish with the seafood paella.

 

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