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Weekend Picks: Eat with a nod to Big Blue

The exterior of the Blue Moon Pizzeria in

The exterior of the Blue Moon Pizzeria in Rockville Centre. Credit: Michael E. Ach, 2010

Just color the weekend blue, as in Big Blue. Accordingly, your eating plans must take in the hue. Not that football fans are superstitious, but whenever the opportunity arises, better to be Blue than not. Therefore, some choices.

Blue Moon in Rockville Centre is a downtown staple, an old-fashioned spot to revel in pizza, panini, pasta and more. It's a casual, popular place, decor tinted with nostalgia. The coal-oven pizzas are essential, with the namesake pie topped with peppers, onions, sausage and mushrooms. Good calzones, too. Have some garlic knots, house-made lasagna, maybe rigatoni with sausage, broccoli rabe and red pepper. Cannoli for dessert.

Blue Moon, 26 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-763-4900, bluemoonpizzeria.com

Restaurant Blue in, yes, Blue Point, ranges widely. You'll find sushi and pasta, sliders, a taco, a quesadilla. The Kobe-style sliders, duck tacos and flatbread pizzas are typical selections. Rigatoni a la Blue translates into the pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic cream. The Blue salad includes Gorgonzola cheese; the Blue Lagoon cocktail, vodka and Curaçao. And the Blue Wonder dessert has dark chocolate mousse and a crème brûlée center.

Restaurant Blue, 7 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point; 631-363-6666, restaurantblue.com

Expanding the color scheme: Black & Blue, the seafood-and-steak restaurant in Huntington. The oysters Rockefeller are made with Blue Points. Blue cheese stars in the poached pear and shaved apple salads. And, of course, you may order your strip steak, rib eye and filet mignon black-and-blue. Tasty beef negimaki and traditional beef sliders compete with skirt steak and short ribs. And try the Thai-style calamari, shrimp cocktail, crabcake, pan-seared duck breast.

Black & Blue, 65 Wall St., Huntington; 631-385-9255, blackandbluehuntington.com

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