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Where to get huge portions

A dish of spaghetti and meatballs as prepared

(Credit: Photo by Danielle Finkelstein)

Use a fork or use a forklift? That's the dilemma diners face at Long Island restaurants where individual portions are sized to feed a sumo tag team.

Before calling in the food police, though, keep in mind that nobody's forced to clean their plates. In fact, an entire family may be able to dine for days on what goes home in the doggy bag -- or carton.

--Compiled by Joan Reminick

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