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Pastas for a sunny day

Winning pastas at Glen Cove's La Pace with

Winning pastas at Glen Cove's La Pace with Chef Michael include lobster ravioli in pink sauce and gnocchi with filetto di pomodoro sauce. (Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

There's always a good reason to enjoy pasta. On this sunny March afternoon, here are 10 full-flavored choices from five busy kitchens. Join the party now or, if you're observing Passover, next week is fine, too.

At Verace in Islip: look for the lively penne alla puttanesca, tossed with olives, tomatoes, capers tomato and zucchini; and the pristine linguine with garlic and olive oil.

If you're anywhere near Roslyn, visit Trattoria Diane for a bright Roman holiday: excellent spaghetti alla carbonara and savory bucatini all'Amatriciana.

Sergio's in Massapequa sends out a springy linguine primavera, with peas, artichokes, cauliflower and fried eggplant; and a zesty perciatelli with sardines and fennel.

Valley Stream's La Bistecca prepares a generous pappardelle all Bolognese, with hearty meat sauce; and bracing rigatoni with broccoli rabe, sausage and sweet peppers in pink sauce.

And La Pace with Chef Michael may have a pasta special. The other night, it was a terrific duet: lobster ravioli with pink sauce paired with airy gnocchi in a filetto di pomodoro sauce.

Verace, 599 Main St., Islip; 631-277-3800.

Trattoria Diane, 21 Bryant Ave., Roslyn; 516621-2591.

Sergio's 5422 Merrick Rd., Massapequa; 516-541-6554.

La Bistecca, 410 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream; 516-341-7177.

La Pace with Chef Michael,  51 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove; 516-671-2970.

Tags: Islip , Verace , Roslyn , Trattoria Diane , Glen Cove , La Pace with Chef Michael

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