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Peter Gianotti

Peter M. Gianotti is Newsday's restaurant critic and wine-and-spirits columnist. He's the author of "A Guide to Long Island Wine Country," "Newsday's Guide to the Wines of Long Island," "Dining Out with Newsday" and co-author of "Newsday's Long Island Restaurant Guide" and "Eats NYC." Before reviewing restaurants, Gianotti was a Washington correspondent, economics writer, book critic and New York City reporter. Gianotti received his master's degree from Columbia University, where he also was a Bagehot Fellow; and his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, where he has taught journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives on Long Island.

P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opening Monday

P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury on Nov. 19, 2014.

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Attention, paparazzi: P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opens Monday at 5 p.m.

This is the lone Long Island link in the chainlet. The original P.J. Clarke's continues to do business at Third Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan. The building opened there in 1884, but under another name.

The names associated with the bar and grill take in Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as Ray Milland...

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Duryea's in Montauk to stay open

Lunch on the deck with a view of

(Credit: Ellen Watson)

On the cusp of winter, Duryea's Lobster Deck has found its invincible summer.

The Montauk landmark will keep crackin' during the cold-weather months and will be ready for spring and summer 2015, too.

The casual restaurant was expected to close after the 2014 summer season. It was sold in spring, and a high-end seafood house was slated for the waterside site.

But Perry B. Duryea...

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Sunday brunch at Jamesport Manor Inn

The Jamesport Manor Inn is tucked away on

(Credit: Kirsten Luce)

Here's one more reason to spend part of an autumn weekend on the North Fork. Jamesport Manor Inn now offers a $27.95 brunch buffet on Sunday.

It's available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the brunch for children younger than 12 is $17.95.

Typically, the brunch menu includes an omelet station, French toast, grilled salmon, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, sliced filet mignon...

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Whiskey-theme dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

(Credit: Doug Young)

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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J. Michaels in Northport closed for now

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, one of Newsday's Top 100 restaurants, is  closed. Co-owner Vincent P. Michaels said he expects the restaurant to reopen with a revised, lower-priced menu and a new chef by Dec. 1.

Michaels plans to add less costly items to the $$$-$$$$ list, including smaller cuts of steak and family-style main courses. The Oyster Bay branch of J. Michaels, named by Newsday...

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Eighth chef exits Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport

The Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Restaurant in Jamesport.

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The eighth chef in as many years has exited the Jedediah Hawkins Inn.

Craig Attwood, who started cooking at the Jamesport landmark earlier this year, has "moved on," said inn manager Collin Keillor. He added that no replacement has been named.

After an extensive renovation, the historic, Italianate-Victorian house was reborn as the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in 2006. Initially, it hosted a...

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Claudio's in Glen Cove now Ristorante Da Claudio

Claudio's, Glen Cove: Co-owners Claudio Zustovich and son

(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

What was known as Claudio's in Glen Cove has changed its name to Ristorante Da Claudio.

The action followed an allegation of trademark infringement by Claudio's, the seafood restaurant in Greenport.

Ristorante Da Claudio is in the former location of La Pace With Chef Michael, which succeeded the landmark La Pace there.

Ristorante Da Claudio earned a two-star rating in Newsday in...

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Chef shines at Pentimento in Stony Brook

Roasted butternut squash tortelli are served at Pentimento

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Your first holiday gift has arrived.

Massimo Fedozzi is back to his stellar form at Pentimento, Dennis Young's longstanding Italian landmark. Fedozzi, who earned high praise for his cooking at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, runs the kitchen. And his regional Italian food is excellent.

Try tortelli di zucca -- airy, slightly sweet, stuffed with roasted butternut...

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Lee Mazzilli pinch hits with Yankee wines at Stew Leonard's in Carle Place

New York Yankees Wine features the baseball team's

(Credit: Wine by Design)

Former major league baseball player Lee Mazzilli will be signing bottles of New York Yankees Wine on Nov. 15 at Stew Leonard's Wines, which will host a tasting at its Carle Place shop.

Three wines with the Yankees' interlocking NY logo label will be available: 2012 New York Yankees Reserve Russian RIver Valley Chardonnay, 2011 New York Yankees Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013...

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Open: Lamed Vav in Great Neck

Quinoa salad at the new kosher restaurant Lamed

(Credit: Newsday / Marjorie Robins)

Lamed Vav, a glatt kosher continental restaurant, has opened in Great Neck opposite the Long Island Railroad station.

It's under the supervision of Vaad of Queens, and is the second glatt kosher restaurant on Long Island from owner Alex Levine, who also operates Brasserie HaLevi in Cedarhurst. Levine is expected to reopen Levine's Patisserie on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, too.

Lamed...

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