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Attilio's Pizza & Grill to Move to St. James

The restaurant will take over the former home to Bella Vita City Grill.

An empty St. James storefront will soon be filled by a longtime Smithtown business, Attilio's Pizza & Grill.

Attilio's owner Sam Mancini confirmed Thursday that the eatery will be moving from its 60 Terry Road in Smithtown location to the former home of , located at 430 Route 25A in St. James.

Mancini said he hopes to move into the new location by the end of March.

When it was open, Bella Vita was lauded as one of the best Italian restaurants on Long Island, according to Zagat Guides. But the slumping economy took its toll.

In a message posted on the restaurant's Facebook page in September the owner announced the decision.

"We'd like to thank our loyal customers for 15 Great Years! Due to Economic Circumstances out of our control, we were forced to close the Restaurant as of Sunday, September 18th. Please stay a fan of our page, so you can stay connected with us...."

No new plans have been announced yet.

WOODY11780 March 02, 2012 at 12:23 PM
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ??....CLOSED IN SEPT 2011....http://long-island.newsday.com/restaurants/feed-me-1.812004/closed-bella-vita-city-grill-st-james-1.3204699?showAll=true
Lenore D'Angelo March 09, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Attilio's is much more than Pizza.. This man makes the best food !! His catering menu and the way he prepares his food is fanastic... He will be missed in his old location...
Carreen March 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Yay
E Baum March 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Are you kidding me- another Italian restaurant?! St. James has more Chinese and Italian food places than any small town I know- not to mention nail and hair establishments. How about somebody opening a German restaurant? Once the Smithtown Haus left there was no German food close by. Pumpernickel's in Northport is too far. Oh well, Buono Sera
Marion Knott May 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I would also like a German restaurant. Wienerschnitzel anyone.

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