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Steven Del Lima back at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant in Huntington, which closed in spring,

Vitae restaurant in Huntington, which closed in spring, will be succeeded by True North, a New American restaurant. Credit: Doug Young

Steven Del Lima, former executive chef at CoolFish in Syosset and Chow Down Diner in Bethpage (where he garnered a two-and-a half star rating) is back at Vitae in Huntington. Del Lima had previously helmed Vitae's New American kitchen from 2011 to 2013. Earlier, he was executive chef at Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington and Perfecto Mundo in Commack.

Del Lima said that most of the dishes on Vitae's current menu are his, adding that he’ll be coming out with a new fall roster in a few weeks. “It will be more classic American, with a twist, " he said, adding that it will also feature more comfort food. This weekend, Del Lima plans on running such specials as mac and cheese carbonara with toasted orzo ($14), a Tuscan panzanella salad with cured Italian meats ($13) and grilled North Atlantic prawns with eggplant caponata and fontina polenta.

The restaurant will also be staging a four-course wine dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 23, for $85 a person, featuring pairings with Grgich Hills Estate wines. Call Vitae or  visit its website for details and reservations.

Vitae is at 54 New St., Huntington, 631 385-1919, vitaeli.com.