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Singing chef Richard Desmond cooking in Islip

Chef Richard Desmond with the pasta special of

Chef Richard Desmond with the pasta special of the day at Fargiano's Pizza & Pasta in Islip in September 2014 Credit: Fargiano's Pizza & Pasta

Singing chef Richard Desmond is now belting out arias in the kitchen of Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta, which opened in Islip in late 2013. The operatic tenor’s culinary credits include Bliss in East Setauket, Public House 49 in Patchogue and the former OM Bistro in Great Neck. He has been known to come out of the kitchen and make the dining resonate with song.

Desmond said that he plans to make the pizzeria into “more of a trattoria.” Instead of using the elaborate garnishes he’s become known for,  he said his plan is to “keep it simple and let the food do the talking.”

In addition to such menu staples as spaghetti with meatballs ($9.95), chicken Parmesan ($13.95) and eggplant rollatini ($12.95), Desmond is turning out such specials as potato, tomato and bacon bisque ($5), fresh cavatelli with sausage, sage butter and essence of tomato ($13), bucatini amatriciana ($14) and fresh gnocchi with porcini mushrooms ($15). Desserts, such as Oreo cheesecake ($5.95), are made by Desmond, as well.

When he’s not cooking, Desmond said, he does voice-overs for commercials.

Fargiano’s Pizza & Pasta, 93 E. Main St., Islip, 631-650-9595, fargianospizza.com.