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Orto opens in Miller Place

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. Credit: Handout

St. James’ Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria have a new sibling up the road: Orto in Miller Place. Eric Lomando’s newest venture opened Saturday night in the lovely old building that used to house Brian Scott’s.

The menu changes daily, but Lomando sent us a copy of Saturday night's. Here are some highlights:

Antipasti ($9-$13): fennel-chestnut soup; farro salad with roasted mushrooms, charred onion and feta; squash caponata with made-to-order ricotta. Pasta ($12/half; $20/full portion): spaghetti with clams and grilled green onions, cavatelli with sweet shrimp and caviar, garganelli with pork-shoulder ragu. Mains ($23): braised veal saltimbocca, roast chicken with sweet-potato diavola; grilled branzino with roasted fennel, blood orange and olives. Every night there is also a five-course tasting menu for $60.

Right now Lomando is running the kitchen at Orto while Steve Gallagher mans the stove at Kitchen A Trattoria, Bill Rhame at Kitchen A Bistro.

Orto serves dinner from Tuesday through Sunday; reservations are required for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a full bar, beer and wine list but no corkage fees and no credit cards.

Orto, 90 North Country Road, Miller Place, 631-862-0151.

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