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Nov 11, 2009 10:39 AM

Best Italian for lunch near St. James?

We're looking for a great Italian restaurant that does lunch in the general vicinity of St. James.

Any views regarding Villa Sorrento, Cielo or Pentimento?

The celebrants have rejected Kitchen a Trattoria and Casa Rustica.


Casa Rustica Restaurant
175 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

Cielo Restaurant
321 Smithtown Byp, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Rustica Cafe
200 Middle Neck Rd Ste 2, Great Neck, NY 11021

Villa Sorrento Restaurant
823 Middle Country Rd, Saint James, NY 11780

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  1. A lot of people rave about Pasta Pasta in Pt Jeff, although I can't say personally.

    Pasta Pasta
    234 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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    1. re: coll

      Haven't been to Pasta Pasta for a few years, but it was always very good. Can't say I think of it as Italian, though, it's more eclectic than that.

      Casa Rustica in Smithtown is very good, don't know if it's open for lunch. I used to love Pentimento for dinner, but had a very disappointing lunch there with my MIL months ago; boring menu, blah food.

      Depending how casual you want to go, Branchinelli's in Smithtown has the best pizza in that area, and I think I had a very good lunch there in the dining room years ago. It's on the Smithtown Bypass, I believe.

      Casa Rustica Restaurant
      175 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

      555 Route 111 Ste 2, Hauppauge, NY 11788

    2. Bella Vita City Grill as I remember was good, but expensive, They do lunch.