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Tapas on Long Island: 3 top picks for small plates

Jamon Pata Negra, the great Iberico ham from

Jamon Pata Negra, the great Iberico ham from pigs that feed mainly on acorns, is cured for nine months, and is a specialty at Viaggio Tapas in Rockville Centre. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Tapas are the ultimate small plates. Snacks, really, they're traditionally served at a bar. And they're ideal for grazers. But you also may want to make a full meal of them.

Here are three establishments where you'll want to do exactly that.

VIAGGIO TAPAS

Authentic and excellent, Viaggio Tapas is a bustling spot where the food is a treat. Recommended: Iberico ham, patatas bravas, smoked Basque oysters, grilled octopus, zucchini flatbread, shrimp heads in spicy sauce. And if you desire a big plate: outstanding seafood paella.

324 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-208-7789

ESPANA TAPAS & WINE BAR

This upbeat restaurant delivers big flavors on small plates. Recommended: cod-stuffed piquillo peppers; cod croquettes; patatas bravas; sherry-sauteed chorizo sausage; Serrano ham with tomato spread, on toast; marinated white anchovies; Galician-style octopus; seafood salad.

655 Middle Country Rd., St. James; 631-656-1564

SALUMI

Salumi crosses borders with its spin on tapas. Recommended: smoked anchovies with mascarpone; marrow bone with onion jam; braised pork belly with kimchee; walnut pesto; grilled shrimp with garlic sauce; cured meats and cheeses.

5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa;  516-620-0057

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