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Viaggio Tapas in Rockville Centre: First bites

Smoked oysters are served at Viaggio Tapas in

Smoked oysters are served at Viaggio Tapas in Rockville Centre. January 2015 Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

The first bites at Viaggio Tapas make you want the second, third, fourth and fifth.

This buoyant, bustling spot specializes in the small plates of Spain, those flavor-packed mouthfuls often accompanied by a glass of Sherry. Go with a group and sample as many as you can.

Winners include smoked Basque oysters (which arrive under a smoke-filled dome); patatas bravas with a vivid aioli; Iberico ham, pricey but worth it; plump, grilled Spanish octopus; and the zucchini flatbread with caramelized onions and goat cheese.

The food is savory and fun. So's Viaggio Tapas.

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

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