A panoply of small plates is all well and good, but sometimes you just want a big plate. Here's a sampling of some of Long Island's heftiest portions.
CIAO BABY, Commack and Massapequa Park
Rice ball: The practically planet-size "arancino" is made of creamy rice, ground beef and peas, fried and served with tomato sauce and fresh ricotta ($15.95).
PASTRAMI KING, Merrick
Triple decker sandwich: This towering pileup of pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and salami is a carnivore's dream -- and a cardiologist's nightmare ($15.95).
CARNIVAL, Port Jefferson Station
Pork chops alla Carnival: Center-cut bruisers are served with cherry peppers and potatoes -- and a choice of salad or pasta ($22).
SMOKIN' AL'S FAMOUS BBQ JOINT, Bay Shore and Massapequa Park
Haystack of fried onions: The ridiculously tall "haystack" of fried onions may obscure the person sitting opposite you ($14.99).