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POLL: Most Romantic Valentine's Dinners

Where would you take your sweetheart for an intimate night out? Vote in the poll and tell us your favorites in the comments!

Valentine's Day is in the middle of the week this year. Maybe you can make time Tuesday to have a romantic dinner with your Valentine. Or maybe you're planning on working ahead of schedule and going out this weekend. Either way, it's time to plan that romantic dinner now.

What is the most romantic spot for a Valentine's Day dinner? Do you prefer a modern romance spot like or ? Maybe you'd rather take a hint from Billy Joel and head to a little Italian place like or a. ("A bottle of red; a bottle of white...")

What's the most romantic restaurant in the neighborhood? Vote below and tell us why in the comments.

Need a few more choices? Check out the Syosset Places and Plainview Places for a complete directory of restaurants.

Joe Dowd (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
These are fine restaurants, but my favorite is Christiano's in Syosset. Legend has it that it's the inspiration for Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." I've taken both my best girls, daughters Emily and Katie, there.
Joe February 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Christiano's? Are you for real? That place is terrible. If you want to eat well cook at home...Yes I know that takes effort but it is well worth it....
Steve February 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
That "legend" is false. How long are they going to keep perpetuating that lie? I was at one of his concerts when he described the place he was singing about and said it was closed long ago and it was in another town. So let's put this "legend" to bed.
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Sorry, guys, I have such great memories of that place, especially when it was more like a bar, years ago. And the Billy Joel "Legend" was so perpetuated that the owners actually had it in their menu for years. After all, Troy is a legend, and we still talk about Helen and Paris, Achilles and the Trojan Horse..... We all need a good legend now and then, especially on Valentine's Day.
rena damon February 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
The restaurant was sold and operated by another local family. Recently, Christiano's was sold back to the family of the prior owners. At least that's what their recent advertising says....So maybe the recipes and food change as well under each owner.
DDB February 11, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I am pushing 50 and I had never, ever sent anything back at a restaurant until Christiano's a little while ago, I sent it back and asked for nothing else, it wasn't worth taking the chance. The visits leading up to that one were disappointing. You are right though, and I will always have many fond memories of Christiano's, and now memories will be all that I visit as far as Christiano's goes.
Adina Genn (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I've been to Christiano's and loved it! Hope to go back soon.
Homes By Mara Realty February 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I vote Angelinas! My husband and I have never had a bad meal there, their service is extraordinary and very romantic!
TheGreek February 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
That makes sense. Joe Dowd probably hasn't been to Christiano's (or any other restaurant) in the last deacde.
Joe Dowd (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Greek: In fact, Adina and I, along with other Patch staffers had a delightful meal there a few months back. And Patch paid, which contributed to the overall enjoyment of the evening. Other than that, however, you're right. It's been 10 years at least.
Karen March 07, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I enjoy Christiano's, with or without the legend. It's even better with the new owners back. Good food, great prices. Not a stellar dining experience like Caracalla but we go to Christiano's with the kids and have never had a bad meal.

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