315 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley
The dining room with the fireplace is cozy and attractive. Top dishes include crab cakes, rack of lamb, seared duck breast and leg confit, braised spareribs.
644 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge
Bracing Italian fare defines Mario, an amiable and dependable restaurant. Go for the snapper in brodetto, stracciatelle, cannelloni, ravioli, tripe Napoletana.
280 Hillside Ave., Williston Park
Comfortable Vittorio's sends out very good chicken scarpariello and pastas. But it's also appealing on "steakhouse Wednesdays," when juicy cuts of beef reign.