The 10 best Italian restaurants on Long Island

Italian restaurants dominate Long Island. The cuisine is the most popular and the competition the most intense. Compiling a Top 10 list means there are at least 200 candidates for the 11th slot. And that doesn't even include your favorite neighborhood pizzeria. In that category, for example, there easily could be separate lists for Sicilian and Neapolitan styles, and maybe another exclusively for Grandma pies. Although the majority of Italian restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk display a preference for red sauce and the heartier cooking of the south, a lot of the boot kicks in here. This selection of favorites -- the top pick is Stresa, the rest appear in alphabetical order -- expands with Italian-American adaptations, too. Mangia bene. --PETER M. GIANOTTI peter.giannoti@newsday.com

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