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Pasta e fagiole is served in a large

Pasta e fagiole is served in a large bowl with a pepper in its center at Emilio's Restaurant & Pizza in Commack. (February 9, 2010) Credit: Newsday/Rebecca Cooney

Slush, ice, snow -- it is starting to feel like the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." The elements just keep repeating. So, fight back with a restaurant where you'll know what you want even before seeing the menu.

At Emilio's in Commack, that means pasta e fagioli, the meatball appetizer with ricotta and peppers; and the Grandpa pie -- mozzarella, tomatoes, onions, and a sprinkling of toasty breadcrumbs. And at Mamma Lombardi's in Commack, the drill goes: penne arrabbiata, ignited with hot red peppers; and the pork braciola and the chicken campagnola, shared. At Ben's Deli, any branch, it's chicken soup with a fat matzo ball, followed by a combo of hot corned beef and pastrami on club bread, with a knish on the side,

Emilio's 2201 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 631-462-6267.

Mamma Lombardi's, 400 Furrows Rd., Holbrook; 631-737-0774.

Ben's Deli, 59 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-742-3354; 140 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, 516-621-3340; 7971 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-496-4236.

Pasta e fagioi at Emilio's.