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Smithtown restaurant week deals to March 30

The warm-toned dining room invites conversation at Casa

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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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Star chef exits Five.Five2 in St. James

Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn

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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...

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The Trattoria in St. James: First bites

Ribollita, traditionally a soup made with leftovers, is

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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...

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Nisen 347 opens in St. James

Chefs at the Nisen sushi bar prepare a

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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....

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Spezia in St. James: First bites

Arancini, or rice balls, are served at Spezia

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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...

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Kitchen A Trattoria now is The Trattoria in St. James

KITCHEN A TRATTORIA, St. James, now is The

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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...

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Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James being sold to chef

Kitchen A Bistro in St. James.

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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...

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Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill opens in St. James

Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill in

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...

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Istanbul Cafe II opens in St. James

Istanbul Cafe II in St. James is an

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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...

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Attilio's Grill in St. James to be reborn as pizza place

The former Attilio's Grill in St. James. (May

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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...

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