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San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria reopens in Merrick

The Caprino pizza at San Marzano in Merrick

The Caprino pizza at San Marzano in Merrick is topped with fontina, goat cheese, caramelized onions, shiitake and button mushrooms, garlic and truffle oil. (Nov. 29, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria in Merrick, which closed briefly for remodeling and  expansion, has reopened with a menu that encompasses more than crisp-crusted wood oven  pies. Now, you'll also find appetizers, pastas and entrees.  And a bar serving beer (there are four on tap) and wine.

While the new menu retains the pizza roster of the past — a popular one was the Caprino ($14), topped with fontina, goat cheese, caramelized onions and two kinds of mushrooms — there are also dishes such as a fresh mozzarella salad ($9), bucatini with meatballs ($13) and eggplant Parmigiana ($11). Among finales: a creation called a ricottella ($8) described as a combination of Nutella and ricotta baked in a crust and dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria is at 38 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-546-3300, smarzano.com.

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