The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Smithtown restaurant week runs through Sunday, March 30, with promotional $27.95 fixed-price dinners.
The event is sponsored by the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.
Participating restaurants include Casa Rustica in Smithtown, Perfecto Mundo in Commack, Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James, and San Marco in Hauppauge.
For a complete listing visit the Chamber's web site.
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Adam Pitre, the chef who earned a high rating for his ambitious take on tapas and bigger plates at Five.Five2 in St. James, has resigned.
The kitchen now is overseen by Alberto Marinato, who has cooked at Osteria Salina in Bridgehampton. Veteran restaurateur Timothy Gaglio, who runs the Bridgehampton spot, now is a partner in Five.Five2.
Gaglio said the restaurant's menu would be revised...Read more »
There is a cure for this winter's merciless chill: ribollita at The Trattoria.
This Tuscan-inspired soup, traditionally made with leftovers, is bracing, enriched with chicken and full of freshness at The Trattoria, the successor to Kitchen A Trattoria.
Chef-owner Steve Gallagher, who for years was chef at Kitchen A Trattoria, has improved on a very good thing, with ribollita and just...Read more »
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 »