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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Rockville Centre

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.

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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.

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Professional service and a formal atmosphere attract a business-oriented, high profile clientele. Clubby d├ęcor, 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.

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