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The Basil Leaf

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The Basil Leaf in Locust Valley is the latest and best identity for the longtime restaurant at The Plaza shopping center. It still has two main dining rooms, separated by a closed-in patio-walkway, but the two come together with satisfying food,

The entrance to The Basil Leaf is set
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The entrance to The Basil Leaf is set off the street in a small alley, making it feel like a hideway. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf has two main dining rooms.
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The Basil Leaf has two main dining rooms. One has a brick bar and vintage black-and-white photos of celebrities; the other, is more formal, earth-toned, and decorated with botanical prints. (Jan. 23, 2013)

One of The Basil Leaf's two main dining
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

One of The Basil Leaf's two main dining rooms. (Jan. 23, 2013)

Chef Domenico Laera of The Basil Leaf. (Jan.
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

Chef Domenico Laera of The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The pizza picante emerges from the oven at The Basil Leaf. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's salad with slightly smoky, grilled
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The Basil Leaf's salad with slightly smoky, grilled octopus and white beans. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's pappardelle with sausage ragu and
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The Basil Leaf's pappardelle with sausage ragu and porcini mushrooms is husky and assertive. (Jan. 23, 2013)

The Basil Leaf's pizza piccante, with crumbled spicy
Photo Credit: Heather Phelps-Lipton

The Basil Leaf's pizza piccante, with crumbled spicy sausage and roasted pepper, has enough heat for winter. (Jan. 23, 2013)

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