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Plainview: The lite in La Piazza

From left, actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Fergie, Kate Hudson,

From left, actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Dame Judi Dench attend the New York premiere of "NINE" sponsored by Chopard at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. (Dec. 15, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

So, I see "Nine," knot my thin black tie, put on the sunglasses and take the sports car to La Piazza for a taste of "Italia." Well, I enjoyed the movie (very good Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard, Fergie in full voice), and arrived at the Plainview eatery in a pizza-pasta kind of mood. Beats all that smoking, too.

The popular spot does well, probably in more categories than the film will at the Oscars. Flavorful pasta e fagioli, respectable rice balls; crisp and tasty brick-oven pizzas, especially one capped with eggplant, ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella and another devoted simply to Margherita. For a huskier meal:  cavatelli alla Bolognese gets a flourish with a scoop of ricotta; and fusilli casalinga,  some personality from broccoli rabe, grilled chicken, roasted garlic.

They'd all help break Guido's writer's block, and probably ensure that he wouldn't depart on a Vespa. 

La Piazza is at 1137 Old Country Rd., Plainview; 516-938-0800. Another La Piazza is at 2191 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-546-2500.

At the NYC premiere ... not at La Piazza.

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