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2012: Great restaurant expectations

Orto in Miller Place, scheduled to open in

Orto in Miller Place, scheduled to open in January 2012, is the newest venture from chef-owner Eric Lomando. Photo Credit: Handout

An official “Happy New Year” to all FeedMe readers. Thought you'd like to know what restaurant openings we’re looking forward to in the new year:

Orto, the newest venture from Eric Lomando, chef-owner of St. James’ Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria, is scheduled to open later this month. Orto, which means “vegetable garden” in Italian, will be in the former Miller Place home of Brian Scott’s. The preliminary menu looks to be vintage Lomando, lots of gutsy, authentic Italian specialties and reasonable prices (apps in low teens, mains in low twenties). There will be a full bar, beer and wine list but no corkage fee and no credit cards. Orto, 90 North Country Road, Miller Place, 631-862-0151.

February should bring Monsoon, an “Asian Kitchen and Lounge” from the Bohlsen Group (Tellers Chop House and Verace in Islip, H2O in Smithtown, Prime in Huntington). According to advance publicity materials, Monsoon’s menu will bridge “the gap between authentic Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai and what Long Islanders love most about modern Asian cuisine” with dishes to include “Millionaire’s Curry Crab from the best street restaurant in Bangkok, Bahn Xeo and Shaking Beef from Vietnam, and Hong Kong’s Under the Bridge Chili Crab.” Starters are expected to hover around $10, mains in the mid-twenties. The restaurant will be housed in a 9,500-square-foot former Bank of Babylon with 35-foot ceilings. Monsoon, 48 Deer Park Ave., 631-587-4400.

The Neapolitan pizza craze continues with Red Tomato in East Norwich, hoping to open in “early 2012.” (We love this craze: Let a thousand wood-fired ovens bloom.) Red Tomato is a collaboration between Raffaele, Donnie and Corey Messina (owners of Dortoni Bakery in Levittown, Messina Markets in East Norwich and Manhasset and La Bonne Boulangerie and Luce in East Norwich) and their friend Chuck Berg. Most of the pizzas, calzones and salads are $15 or less. The brief wine list includes some interesting choices — Lambrusco (the sparkling red wine that’s my favorite pizza quaff) and Falanghina, a delicious white wine from the area surrounding Naples. Red Tomato, 6245 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, 516-802-2840.

We’ve already blogged about Jellyfish, the long-time-coming pond-side seafooder in Centerport whose latest opening date is February; Seasons 52, the seasonally driven, restricted-calorie Florida-based chain slated to open in Roosevelt Field in the spring; and Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, shooting for the end of the year in Westbury.

The dining room at Orto, soon to open in Miller Place

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