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Best Italian restaurants on Long Island

Spaghetti Calabrese, made with red, yellow and hot

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

We ate our way across Long Island to narrow the field of our favorite Italian restaurants and found the ones that prepared popular dishes the best. Here they are, separated by county, for your driving pleasure. Buon appetito!

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    Angelina's Italian 1017 Oyster Bay Rd. East Norwich With a menu similar to Angelina's II, Angelina's is housed in a more modest setting but offers the same favorites, including minestrone, baked clams oreganata, broccoli rabe and chicken sausage on polenta and gnocchi Bolognese.

  • Critic rating 2
    Angelina's II in Syosset.

    Angelina's II $$$ | Italian 30 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset In a cozy house setting, staples include spaghettini puttanesca, sea bass Livornese and lobster fra diavolo.

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    Arturo's $$$$ | Italian 246-04 Jericho Tpke. Floral Park A veteran on the Nassau-Queens border with traditional cuisine and, sometimes, a sweet-voiced table-side singer who knows the standards and more. Welcoming and consistent. Chef Mimma D'Anna's menu features cold antipasti, torta primavera, stuffed artichoke, spaghetti carbonara, fusilli Amatriciana, steak pizzaiola, veal chop Milanese, cannoli, cheesecake and zabaglione.

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    Airy gnocchi accompany a savory, tender, zeppelin-size beef

    Benny's Ristorante $$$ | Italian, Restaurant 199 Post Ave. Westbury Benny's earned four stars when it opened in 1995, and it still deserves them today. Must-haves include an airy gnocchi with a savory, tender, zeppelin-size beef braciola in brown sauce; a juicy, double-cut pork chop; and fettuccine alla carbonara. To finish: superior zabaglione on berries.

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    The rigatoni Siciliana, with eggplant, tomatoes, basil and

    Centro Cucina $$ | Pizza, Italian 43C Glen Cove Rd. Greenvale A hardworking eatery that's bustling in the evening and pretty busy midday, too. It's a casual, unpretentious cafe, where the pizzas (try the creamy four-cheese) shine, as do the husky panini. Also good: lobster fra diavolo, smoky grilled red snapper, pear-and-pecorino salad.

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    The dining room at Franina.

    Franina $$$$ | Italian 58 Jericho Tpke. Syosset Very good Italian food and even better wines, plus smooth service and an inviting atmosphere. Chef Victor Zitoli's seafood salad, pappardelle Bolognese, grilled whole branzino and orata, linguinette with clam sauce, lobster fra diavolo, beef braciola go first, followed by zabaglione.

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  • $item.instanceof King Umberto Reigning in southwest Nassau since 1976, with a motto of "real Italian ... real good." Really accurate, too. Time-capsule decor. Stuffed artichoke, crisp "baci balls" of mozzarella, roasted peppers and prosciutto, orecchiette with cauliflower, chicken scarpariello, rigatoni Bolognese, roast pork and cannoli are consistently good.

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