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Nisen 347, the newest member of the stylish Asian restaurant group, started slicing sushi yesterday in St. James.
The expanding mini-empire is slated to open Nisen 110 next month in Melville.
Hours at the St. James restaurant are 5 to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Starting Monday, Nisen 347 will serve lunch from noon to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. every day....Read more »
Just in time for Christmas season, Spezia arrives with enough carbs to fuel the marathon.
The bright, friendly Italian spot is a comfortable refuge from the rush of the work week and long lines at the mall.
Alex Camargo, formerly a waiter at Casa Rustica in Smithtown, is among the principals at the new restaurant, which moves into the address previously occupied by Mauricio's Orlando...Read more »
Buongiorno to The Trattoria; arrivederci, Kitchen A Trattoria.
The sale of Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James to its chef, Steven Gallagher, has been completed. And Gallagher has renamed the popular spot The Trattoria.
Kitchen A Trattoria was owned by Eric Lomando, who also owns Kitchen A Bistro in St. James and Orto in Miller Place.
Gallagher said the name change was made...Read more »
Kitchen A Trattoria, one of Long Island's top Italian restaurants, will be sold to its current chef.
Owner Eric Lomando, who also runs Kitchen A Bistro in St. James and Orto in Miller Place, plans to sell Kitchen A Trattoria to chef Steven Gallagher.
Gallagher, 35, has been associated with Lomando restaurants since 2009, first at Kitchen A Bistro and then Kitchen A Trattoria, where...Read more »
Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill just made its debut in the St. James space that last housed Attilio’s Grill (but is perhaps best known for hosting the former Bella Vita City Grill). The new eatery offers brick-oven pizza and an Italian repertoire. Co-owner Allison Clusel said that, for now, former Attilio's owner Sam Mancini is the chef.
The gas-fired brick oven...Read more »
One of Long Island's top Turkish-Mediterranean restaurants just opened a new branch. Istanbul Cafe II, the offshoot of Istanbul Cafe in Centereach, is serving meze, kebabs and other Turkish and Mediterranean specialties in the St. James space that last housed FeelGoods Cafe.
Chef owner Sinan Yagci shuttles between both his restaurants. Although the new place lacks a brick oven for such specialties...Read more »
Attilio’s Grill in St. James has closed.
The Italian-American restaurant opened about a year ago in the former Bella Vita City Grill digs and served three squares a day.
The space is currently under renovation. When I called the Attilio's number, I got a voice-mail message saying that it will reopen under new management once its new brick pizza oven has been installed. Then, it will...Read more »
Eric Lomando has always had reservations about reservations. None of the chef’s three Suffolk County restaurants — Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James, Orto in Miller Place — has ever accepted them for weeknight dinners. But about a month ago, Lomando changed course and now accepts bookings either by phone, at the website kitchenabistro.com or through Open Table.
The no-credit-card...Read more »
It's been several months since Attilio’s Grill relocated from a long-held Smithtown address to the digs of the former Bella Vita City Grill in St. James. The place was packed on a recent night when I stopped in for dinner. Clearly, chef-owner Sammy Mancini has a following. It doesn’t hurt that his straightforward Italian-American menu is so gently priced.
Crabcakes, at $7.95 for two, were...Read more »
FeelGoods, Kathy Gerdes and Nicole Lawrence’s friendly little health-conscious cafe, has closed. Earlier this week the women posted on their Facebook page that after a lot of “business soul-searching,” it became clear that “closing is the difficult but necessary move.”
Last March, the cafe's signature item, the vegetarian EdgyBurger, took first place in the new-product competition at the New...Read more »