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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.  Kelly Molendini stays her husband scours the tristate area and beyond for ingredients. "He is never home," she joked, and said that they source some of their meat from the Bronx, burrata from New Jersey and dried pasta from Italy and Sicily.

“Al Dente as a way of life.” 

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“Forget the motherland - The best Italian food
is made right here in St. James”

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“If Pasta could sing!”

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