Grab a bite near the Uniondale Christmas tree

The lower-level dining area of Puglia of Little Italy in East Meadow (Credit: AJ Imaging Photo)

The RXR Plaza Christmas tree is aglow in Uniondale and the rink ready for ice skaters. Enjoy the Norwegian spruce, the lights, a spin, and maybe something to eat en route to or from. Here are three spots for a bite not too far from the show.

Vero Italiano is a destination for Italian-American favorites. Appetizers include eggplant rollatine and stuffed mushrooms; soups are minestrone, lentil, pasta e fagioli; pastas - rigatoni Bolognese, and a "timballo" of macaroni, chopped meat, eggplant and other vegetables under a mantle of mozzarella. The main dishes have all the Parmigianas and Sorrentinos.

Vero Italiano is at 2366 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-342-6500.


Pastrami Plus is the local oasis for major deli dining. Fill up on the husky sandwiches, which include corned beef, beef brisket and, of course, pastrami. The "Brooklyn Dodger" combines pastrami, chopped chicken liver, coleslaw and Russian dressing. Also brace yourself with the assorted knishes, pierogies, stuffed cabbage, chicken in the pot, fried chicken.

Pastrami Plus is at 2568 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-644-2644., pastramiplus.com


Trodos is a Mediterranean-style restaurant, emphasis on Greece and Turkey. Sample feta-and-haloumi cheese rolls, fried calamari and grilled octopus, avgolemono and Turkish red lentil soups, Greek salad and mesclun-Gorgonzola salad, pita sandwiches, plenty of kebabs, moussaka, and grilled whole fish.

Trodos is at 477 Old Country Rd., Westbury; 516-222-8000.

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