Italian

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Long Island's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in Long Island, we head to Dario - a reader favorite - or we count on Piccolo's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine.

9 Da Ugo
Friendly service and a casual, romantic setting make this Rockville Centre Italian restaurant popular for both intimate family events and quiet evenings out. Making patrons feel even more at home is the place's fabulous fare — after all, Da Ugo is widely regarded as one of Nassau County's top Italian restaurants, thanks to a repertoire of homemade selections like baked penne, ravioli, rigatoni, and fettucine alfredo. Reservations are accepted. (516-764-1900)

8 La Piccola Liguria
Local folks thank their lucky stars for this cozy Northern Italian eatery, located near Port Washington Village and known for its innovative recipes and stylish food presentation. Indeed, the unassuming decor scarcely anticipates the kitchen's creative capacity and the place's professional servers. It's little wonder that La Piccola Liguria has achieved such a loyal following. A few tables offer especially lovely views of the water, so ask for one if you're looking to make a good impression on somebody special. Superb wine list. (516-767-6490)

7 Trattoria Diane
Located where Bryant and Northern cross, Trattoria Diane has a colorful, upscale atmosphere that recalls the lively bistros you run across in Northern Italy's charming villages. The menu takes its cues from that same tradition, and its seasonal courses are sure to sate even the most discerning palates. Perhaps more jaw-dropping than the dinner fare are sinful desserts, skillfully made from scratch on the premises (there's an affiliated bakery next door.) Reservations are accepted. (516-621-2591)

6 Sempre Vivolo
Professional service and a formal atmosphere attract a business-oriented, high profile clientele. Clubby décor, from dark paneling to starchy white table cloths, accents the interior. Patrons marvel at the fabulous pastas, fish and veal that attest to the talent and longevity of the Vivollo family, who has owned and operated the restaurant since the 1930s. Satisfactory wine list. Jacket required on Saturday nights. (631-435-1737)

5 Dario
Highly skilled kitchen and wait staff collaborate to offer guests a pleasurable Italian dining experience. A succulent Caesar salad is prepared tableside, and diners devour the rich, tantalizing garlic bread. Artfully prepared Northern Italian standbys, such as veal chops and chicken parmigiana, highlight the meal. Sophisticated wine list. (516-255-0535)

4 La Pace
La Pace lets diners experience Old World elegance, thanks to a Tuscan-styled dining room, professional service, and creative kitchen whose dishes capture the heart and soul (not to mention the aromas and flavors) of Italian-Med cuisine. Menu stalwarts include homemade cavatelli with shrimp and chickpeas, orange roughy with potato crust and red wine, and saddle of rabbit with cabbage salad and sweet potato. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. (516-671-2970)

3 Robert's
Eponymous brainchild of LI restaurateur Robert Durkin, this Water Mill establishment is a special treat for the community's romantics. Charming country style sets the perfect stage for meals that pay tribute to Tuscan cuisine and wines. Indeed, Med influences and flavors permeate the menu, from a signature duck in vin santo (available seasonally) to roasted sea bass with white wine sauce or grilled venison loin with mashed potatoes and red wine reduction. Seating is somewhat limited, so reservations are encouraged, especially on weekends. (631-726-7171)

2 Piccolo
Piccolo is billed as delivering fabulous Italian fare with a heavy splash of American flair, but it's so much more than that. For starters, the dining room features contemporary decor and relies heavily on European influences, from its rich woodwork and mahogany bar to smartly appointed, candle-lit tables. From there, the impressive wine list and sterling menu steal the show, as do dishes like pan-seared striped bass with orange-ginger broth and Long Island duck with sun-dried cherry demi-glace. If you intend to impress, this is the place to do it. Reservations are strongly recommended. (631-424-5592)

1 Harvest on Fort Pond
You couldn't ask for a more tranquil setting than the one this contemporary Italian-Mediterranean eatery boasts. Overlooking the lapping waters of Fort Pond, it features large picture windows and an herb and flower garden. Sunsets as seen from the restaurant (wine glass in hand, of course) are particularly stunning. Family-style service makes Harvest a terrific place for large groups, and the kitchen does its part to ensure that even the heartiest appetites are sated. Menu items range from grilled pizzas with gorgonzola, sausage, broccoli, and tomato to main dishes like pan-seared swordfish with spinach and beurre blanc or lamb T-bone with polenta and escarole. (631-668-5574)


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Da Ugo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: ROCKVILLE CENTRE
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La Piccola Liguria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: PORT WASHINGTON
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Trattoria Diane 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
COST: $$
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Sempre Vivolo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: HAUPPAUGE
COST: $$
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Dario 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: ROCKVILLE CENTRE
COST: $$
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La Pace 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
COST: $$
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Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
COST: $$$
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Piccolo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, Italian, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $$$
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Harvest on Fort Pond 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
COST: $$$
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