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Porcini Opens in the Former Attilio's Location

The restaurant opened for business Tuesday.

The doors at the former home to  on Terry Road in Smithtown were not closed for long as it is now under new ownership with a new name – Porcini.

Porcini, which opened Tuesday, is owned by Patrick Hall and Hatem Fayez, who met while working together at in Hauppauge. Hall has more than 20 years of restaurant experience, working over the stove at not only Mario Restaurant but in Smithtown as well. Fayez, aside from working at Mario Restaurant is a former coffee shop owner.

Fayez's owned a New York City coffee shop some years ago and said theshop didn’t work out because it took too much time away from his family and children, but now that his kids are grown up now is the right time for him to own a business.

"If I can work hard for somebody why can't I work hard for myself?" he said.

Taking over the former Attilio's location was fast and furious, said the owners, as they closed the shop for just one week to prepare for opening. In that week the two said they moved the counter about 14 inches towards the ovens to allow for more room for customer seating, renovated the bathroom and extensively cleaned and power-washed the tile floor among numerous other changes to the eatery.

While you would be able to find items typical to pizzerias in Porcini, Hall said the eatery would specialize in made-to-order and homemade items, from ravioli to pasta and more. One walk into the eatery and you'll see a glass cooler filled with homemade cupcakes, cannolis, cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries.

Hall also said customers would be drawn to the pizzeria's specialty slices, from Greek salad to meat lover’s pizza, chicken parmesan and eggplant rollatini.

If you're looking for suggestions on what to order Hall recommends the chicken ceaser wrap on homemade pita bread, the marinated flat iron steak and the homemade ravioli.

Porcini is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday's are strictly for catering.

littleShamrock May 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Yipee .. yet another Italian restaurant. Im so happy.
Sharon Lynn May 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Can they match the $5.95 pizzas I go all the way to Miller Place for??
Tom Gillen May 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
by the time you go to Miller Place couldn't you have just ordered a $10 pizza in town?
Sharon Lynn May 25, 2012 at 09:08 PM
NO, I go out there on Sundays to see my parents in Calverton Cemetary so it's becme part of the trip. Otherwise yes, you are right! And where is pizza 10 bucks in Hauppauge?? Everywhere by me is 15 bucks.
anthony laurino May 26, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Tony Laurino I had a pizza there the other day and it was definitely an upgrade. Good luck to the new owners.
RC May 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Have you tried Gino's in Nesconset? Coupon for 10.95..Little Vincents coupons ,buy one get one free.. Sun Dried Tomatoe has coupons .as well as some others.Mama Angelina's $10 on Wednesday. Check out This Week and Town Crier. Go to Val-Pak website. Join Groupon , some good deals on there..
Christy May 29, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Thank you Tony!
Christy May 29, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hi Sharon. We at Porcini Pizza & Grill have a large pie and dozen garlic knots for $9.95 :) We also have creative and delicious entree's starting at $8.95. You should come in sometime, you won't be disappointed. Hope to see you soon!
Laura May 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Food is amazing!!!! Never disappoints!!!
Danielle August 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Delicious meal last night at Porcini's! Blackened shrimp over a berry mango salad was top notch! Husband had the chicken Caesar salad wrap and raved about it! Will definitely go again.

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