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Massimo Fedozzi, who earned accolades as chef at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, is the new executive chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook.

Owner and long-time chef Dennis Young said that Fedozzi is in charge of the kitchen and will develop new menus for the popular restaurant, which earned a three-star rating in Newsday.

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Young said he expected that the new menus will be in effect in September or October after a "transition period." Fedozzi joined Pentimento yesterday.

Pentimento currently has an eclectic, largely Italian menu. But Young's seasonal fare also boasts eclectic choices, including pan-seared yellowfin tuna with roasted pistachio puree, grilled Painted Hills strip steak with summer black truffle sauce and house fries, and lobster hash browns.

Young said the new menus will "get back more to Italian," perhaps with some Ligurian fare. One of the specials last night was pansotti pasta with pesto.

Fedozzi recently was chef at Graceful Rose in Port Jefferson.

Pentimento, 93 Main St., Stony Brook; 631-689-7755.

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