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Italian wine dinner at Orto in Miller Place

Orto, a newly opened rustic Italian restaurant in

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Orto, the country Italian restaurant in Miller Place, will be uncorking Nino Negri wines at a tasting dinner on Nov. 21.

The cost per person is $76, plus tax and gratuity.

Chef Eric Lomando also runs Kitchen A Trattoria and Kitchen A Bistro in St. James.

He plans to prepare house-smoked brook trout with celery-and-fennel salad; calamari risotto with red wine sauce; fingerling potato...

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Kitchen A Bistro: Reservations welcomed in St. James

Orto, a newly opened rustic Italian restaurant in

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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...

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Weekend picks: Refreshing your appetite

MARKET BISTRO, JerichoWe say: The trip from farm

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As the season of renewal and transformation begins, look for a restaurant to refresh your appetite. Here are three that definitely do that.

Chachama Grill in East Patchogue is situated in a shopping center on Montauk Highway, Find it to enjoy baby beet salad with red onion, shrimp seviche with cilantro and poblano peppers, dry sea scallops with spaghetti squash and mushrooms, rack of pork...

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Scorpion Grill comes to Miller Place

The new Scorpion Grill in Miller Place has

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Serving up chili con carne and quesadillas, the new Scorpion Grill enters the Miller Place eating scene.  Chef-owner John Henry described the counter-serve strip mall spot as having a loosely Southwest theme. “We’re not a burrito or taco place, although we have those on the menu,” Henry said, adding that he roasts his own chilies for the restaurant's salsa and hand cuts the fries.

A glance...

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Crazy Beans comes to Miller Place

The new Crazy Beans in Miller Place.

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Not yet a month old, Crazy Beans, a coffeehouse and eatery in Miller Place, was a local port in the storm during the days following superstom Sandy. “We didn’t lose electricity,” said owner Callie Brennan, “and ended up having a ton of people in here” — eating, drinking and charging their electronic devices.

Brennan and a group of friends — among them chef William Miranda — are currently serving...

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Kitchen A Bistro, St. James: New menu

Executive chef Eric Lomando of Stony Brook plates

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When does Eric Lomando sleep? Less than a year after opening his third restaurant, Orto in Miller Place, the Long Island All-Star chef has upended the menu at his first restaurant, Kitchen A Bistro in St. James. (Kitchen A Trattoria, also in St. James, keeps chugging along in its gutsy, Italian way.)

The new menu (here’s a link) features 20 small plates, half of which are inspired by “tradition”...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Semolina crusted fried chicken is served with a

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Peter Gianotti reviews the latest venture from Eric Lomando (whose other restaurants are Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James). At Orto in Miller Place, the chef’s “mix of Italian, Italian-American and basically Lomandian dishes stirs up dining out in the neighborhood and miles around.”

Joan Reminick reviews Cedarhurst Café in Cedarhurst, where she is particularly impressed...

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McNulty's, Miller Place: Irish (ice) cream

St. Patrick's Day ice cream cake at McNulty's

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Irish cream turns more refreshing at  McNulty's in Miller Place. The ice cream parlor is making cakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The leprechaun cake pictured above includes  vanilla and chocolate ice cream and crunch. It's $23.95. McNulty's makes very good ice cream, and the place has a touch of nostalgia, too. Worth visiting the shop, whether you're into the green or just want...

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Put a cork in it ... or take one out

Stock photo of a fork spearing a wine

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One of the pleasures of Orto, the new Italian restaurant in Miller Place, is its corkage fee.


Yes, there's no charge if you bring your own wine. They even provide the corkscrew.

This civilized gesture extends to Orto's siblings, Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James. Kitchen A Trattoria, which doesn't have a license to serve alcohol, is strictly BYOB.


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Orto in Miller Place: First bites

Sauteed duck with farro and cherry agrodolce at

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Orto, the stylish offspring of Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria  in St. James, is growing tastefully in Miller Place.

Chef Eric Lomando prepares refined, flavorful variations on what's billed as "rustic Italian" cuisine in his new kitchen. And, whether you're ordering a la carte or enjoying his fixed-price menus, you're getting plenty for your money.

Orto sprouts...

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