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STRESA, Manhasset: Giorgio Meriggi graciously presides over this elegant dining room, ensuring each diner feels like a regular. You may become one after tasting chef Ella Rocca's polished, flavor-packed specialties. Superior pastas: bigoli with cabbage, pancetta and tomatoes; bucatini alla Norma; ravioli, and agnolotti. Also, creamy mushroom risotto, buttery Dover sole meunière, whole branzino with white wine and capers, rack of lamb and grilled bistecca alla king with peppers, onions and mushrooms. And easily Long Island's best souffles, especially chocolate and Grand Marnier, fine fruit tarts and addictive biscotti.(Credit: Johnny Simon)

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The 10 best Italian restaurants on Long Island

Italian restaurants dominate LI. 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 no particular order -- expands with Italian-American adaptations, too. Mangia bene. --PETER M. GIANOTTI peter.giannoti@newsday.com