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 Pietro Molendini

Pietro Molendini

 Chef Fabian Garcia Manca and Pietro Molendini

Chef Fabian Garcia Manca and Pietro Molendini

About

New York City restaurateurs Pietro and Kelly Molendini took over the classic St. James farmhouse turned restaurant. The former co-owners of Vite Vinosteria in Astoria, Queens, who had  moved from the city to Centerport, spent the summer renovating the dining room to a modern, clean look with neutral tones and contemporary artwork from Pietro Molendini's native Rome. They also expanded the bar from about four to 11 seats.

Pietro Molendini has spent 30 years in the food industry, with a decade of that at Cipriani and stints at both Bar Pitti and Da Silvano. Along the way, he met chef Fabian Garcia Manca, who eventually headed the kitchen at Vito Vinosteria and now joins the Molendini’s in St. James. Kelly Molendini said Manca and her husband scour the tristate area and beyond for ingredients. "They are never home," she joked, and said that the pair source some of their meat from the Bronx, burrata from New Jersey and dried pasta from Italy and Sicily.

- Excerpts from Newsday, Full article here.

Wow, wow, wow! My husband and I dined here last night. We are beyond excited that a restaurant like this is, is close to home. The minute we walked in, the experience started off right where we were greeted by Pietro and his wonderful staff. The wait staff were attentive, informative and passionate about food. We have Sicilian and Croatian backgrounds and have been spoiled with amazing dishes and cooking from our elders, so we tend to be “food snobs”, we just know good food. Pietro has unreal food. The menu is different, refreshing and delivered beyond our expectations. We ordered the octopus (very hard to get good octopus around here) and it was one of, probably the best we have had. So tender and cooked perfectly. My husband ordered the imported pasta with the lamb Ragu and was amazing. I ordered the filet mignon special (I have to eat dairy free and no red sauce because I’m nursing, or I would’ve ordered something more interesting) but it was so tender and cooked perfectly. Anything you order from here, is top notch. We will be back here again and again.
— Google Review
 
This will a great addition to the many excellent restaurants in Saint James. Food and service top notch.
— GOOGLE REVIEW
Fine dining, exceptional food, superb service! Must go if you love upscale Italian food. Beautifully redone inside and out. Great ambience, handsome and charming proprietor . With so many wonderful menu choices it was so hard to decide what to order. Presentation of the food was amazing. Wait staff were so accommodating yet not hovering nor rushing you. Manhattan style dining without the commute. First class all the way! Pietro’s is a much welcome addition to St. James. For anyone who appreciates fine dining, you will not be disappointed!
— Google Review
So I’ve been committed to standing by Maroni as
My one and only favorite restaurant on Long Island. But I may have trouble now. Pietro was honestly one of the finest dining experiences I’ve had in a very very long time. From the moment you walk in you feel like family. The wait staff is superb, funny and informative. And the food, wow. I ordered the prosciutto to begin because they have a beautiful classic prosciutto slicer as you walk in so I felt compelled to try. And I wasn’t disappointed. Probably among the best I’ve ever had. And my main course was the lamb shank stew which comes with a nice polenta on the side. Phenomenal. The seasoning was exceptional, cooked to perfection and the portion was enough for a Roman Orgy. My friend ordered a pumpkin stuffed tortellini which was absolutely pasta perfection. I loved Pietro. I plan on being a regular, but I worry that as it grows in popularity this won’t be an easy task...
— YELP REVIEW
Excellent Italian food and wine. They know what they are doing!
— GOOGLE REVIEW
Amazing atmosphere and extremely attentive staff PLUS delicious food.... A must try. I can’t wait to go back.
— Google Review
 
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St. James, Long Island

 Welcome to St James

Welcome to St James

St. James is a hamlet  in Suffolk County, New York, United States. St. James is part of the Town of Smithtown and is located on the North Shore of Long Island.

History…

In the early 20th century, St. James was a popular vacation spot for glitterati of the stage and screen. Summer residents included Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Myrna Loy, and Irving Berlin, among others. Noteworthy persons of the hamlet have included Stanford White, architect; William Jay Gaynor, New York State Supreme Court Justice and Mayor of New York City

The St. James General Store, located on Moriches Road, is said to be the oldest continuously operating general store in the United States. It and a number of other historic structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as part of the Saint James District.

Many of these 19th-century structures are located along New York State Route 25A, otherwise known as North Country Road. Among them is the Saint James Church, the source of the hamlet's name during the 1850s. In 1873 St. James Rail Road Station was established. Although small, the historic station-house is the second-oldest on the Long Island Rail Road.

 St. James General Store

St. James General Store

 The St. James Fire Department, within the heart of historic Saint James, New York.

The St. James Fire Department, within the heart of historic Saint James, New York.