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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Savory baccala, or salt cod, is prepared alla

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti descends into Long Beach’s new Grotta di Fuoco, the “cave of fire” which “lures you with soulful fare, and accents New American and Sicilian. The West End spot, in the former home of Caffe Laguna, excels with “smoky, blistered, terrific little pizzas,” pork-cheek ravioli with Taleggio cheese and baccalá alla puttanesca.

Joan Reminick visits Bonefish Grill,...

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Sunday brunch at Jamesport Manor Inn

Chris Algieri fight plus eats at Huntington restaurants

Manny Pacquiao speaks to the media about the

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Since light welterweight boxing champ Chris Algieri hails from Huntington, locals will get a chance to cheer on their hometown hero Saturday night at dinner. That's because two Huntington restaurants will be broadcasting the 9 p.m. fight from Macau between Algieri and Manny Pacquiao.

At the newly redecorated and expanded Swallow, the fight will be projected onto a 6-foot screen. You can watch...

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Ciao Baby scales down the portions

Ciao Baby in Massapequa has been remodeled inside

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Some big changes have recently gone down at the two Ciao Baby restaurants, known for their mega-sized portions.

First, the Massapequa spot has been entirely remodeled and now has a bigger bar, as well as a brick pizza oven. Commack has a new pizza oven, as well.

But the most significant revision is the size of the servings at both places. No longer are entrees too daunting for a single...

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Open in Blue Point: Amara Kitchen & Cocktails

Amara Kitchen & Cocktails takes over the Blue

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In a speedy nine-week renovation, Blue Point's New American steakhouse Blue has been transformed into the Greek-inflected Amara Kitchen & Cocktails.

Jerry Stathopoulos, who owns the restaurant with his father, George, said that it was time to "freshen the concept." With Amara, he said, the Greek-American family is “going back to our roots.”

Amara’s kitchen is in the hands of chef...

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Whiskey-theme dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Whiskey is the beverage to be served at a Dec. 3 dinner at Vitae in Huntington.

The guest speaker, Javier Morcelo, is a whiskey expert from Michter's Distillery. The cost of executive chef Steven Del Lima's four-course dinner, with a Michter's whiskey accompanying each course, is $90, plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

On the menu: orange-caramel BBQ glazed "pork wings" with cabbage,...

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Open in Rockville Centre: Freshark Juice Bar & Grill

The new Freshark Juice Bar & Grill in

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A sustainable farm-to-table sensibility defines the new Freshark Juice Bar & Grill, which opened in the vacated Rockville Centre digs of Plaza Seafood. The counter-serve spot, built with repurposed wood and fixtures, is all about healthy eating, serving three squares a day. Meat and poultry are antibiotic- and hormone-free; produce is locally sourced when possible. And everything is cooked to...

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Historic Thanksgiving foods in Mineola

Thomas Jefferson painting by Charles Wilson Peale in

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Get a taste of Thanksgivings past with Libby O’Connell, chief historian of the History Channel and author of “The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites” (Sourcebooks). On Nov. 20, O’Connell will be on the steps of Mineola’s old county courthouse to talk about her book while offering samples of Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for macaroni and cheese, Brunswick stew and oysters (which she calls...

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Open in Wantagh: Mac N' Pizza

Mac N' Pizza is a sliver of counter-serve

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You can get downright cheesy at Wantagh’s new Mac N’ Pizza, a sliver of a counter-serve eatery focusing on pizzas and mac and cheese combinations, with a smattering of soups, salads and sandwiches. You'll find the place tucked into a corner of the same strip mall that houses Snaps American Bistro.

On the menu: Magherita pizza ($15.75 for 16-inch, $6.95 for 9-inch), chicken alla vodka pizza...

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Learn to cook Turkish fare

Guvec, or Turkish stew, is one of the

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If reminiscing about the last time you dined at a Turkish restaurant makes you hungry, the time may be right to learn to cook this kind of food at home. The Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island is offering cooking classes on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and, subsequently, on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. Classes are $25 each and may feature such dishes as guvec (a Turkish stew), fried cauliflower and Turkish...

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