Erics Italian Bistro opens in Mineola

Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola, which opened in Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola, which opened in April 2013, is the newest venture from chef-owner George Echeverria. Here, pan-roasted filet mignon with pommes frites and a Gorgonzola Bordelaise sauce. (Undated) Photo Credit: Handout

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Rejoice, George Echeverria fans. Today marks the official opening of the chefs new restaurant, Erics Italian Bistro in Mineola

Echeverrias first restaurant, Soigne in Woodmere, was a South Shore favorite for eight years before the chef headed north to Huntington to join the team that opened Amicale in Huntington in 2011. A year later he took over the kitchen at Andiamo in Mineola, with another set of partners.

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Andiamo closed earlier this year, but the kitchen and dining-room staff have made the move to Erics. Echeverria is the sole owner. The restaurant is named for his late Uncle Eric. I owe everything to him, he explained. I lost him a long time ago, and this is my way to honor him.

As at his previous restaurants, Echeverrias menu is a blend of Italian-American, New American and updated Continental. Dinner entrees include chicken scarpariello ($19.95), coho salmon with Dijon emulsion and horseradish mashed potatoes ($24.95), and pan-roasted filet mignon with pommes frites and Gorgonzola Bordelaise sauce ($32.95). The lunch menu is less formal and less expensive; most items are less than $15. Theres also a special takeout lunch menu of pastas, salads and sandwiches everything is $9.95.

Erics Italian Bistro is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week,  at 70 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola, 516-280-5675, ericsbistro.com.

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