Uncle Bacala's Closes its Smithtown Location

Lights at Italian Restaurant on Middle Country Road go dark.

A Google streetview screenshot of Uncle Bacala's Smithtown restaurant.
A Google streetview screenshot of Uncle Bacala's Smithtown restaurant.
It's lights out and doors locked at another Smithtown restaurant as 2013 comes to an end.

Uncle Bacala's, an Italian restaurant featuring seafood and more, recently closed its Smithtown location at 368 Middle Country Road. The restaurant's phone number has been disconnected but no message or posting indicates its closure to local residents. 

Staff members answering the phones at the restaurant's Garden City-parent location confirmed the Smithtown offshoot had been shut down, but owners did not return Patch's phone calls as of Wednesday night. 

Owner Peter Hewitson told Newsday the Smithtown restaurant, which opened in 2011, really hadn't been making any money. 

"There are about 35 Italian restaurants within a mile or two,” Hewitson said to Newsday, also citing construction and traffic problems. 

Did you dine at Uncle Bacala's in Smithtown? If so, will you miss it? Tell us in the comments below. 

Valerie Sikora December 11, 2013 at 06:45 PM
yes we did! it was a really nice place with good food. We really miss it.
Argile December 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM
If I remember correctly I was there back in the 90's when it was Venizio's or something like that.
Rosemarie Pforr December 12, 2013 at 08:12 AM
This place closed in August.
K.A.C. December 12, 2013 at 08:51 AM
It closed almost 6 months ago! ! I loved their stuffed rigatoni and the cotton candy at the end was always fun!! Too bad.
AD LI December 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM
If there were 35 different restaurants in the area, then why, why open another one, especially in that location?
Perfecto Mundo December 12, 2013 at 01:10 PM
There ARE so many Italian eateries in that area! Try Perfecto Mundo Latin Fusion Bistro on Jericho Turnpike at the Commack/Smithtown border for a different dining experience! Definately not another glorified pizza place.
knee jerk December 12, 2013 at 03:28 PM
With a name like "Uncle Bacala's", I couldn't get the image out of my mind of a couple of guy's in the back with their pants rolled up and bare feet, making wine in a wooden tub.
Harry December 12, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Wasn't this place called Marchellos Garden Grill in the late 90's? Also, If you are looking for Italian why would you go to a Latin Fusion restaurant?
NuYawker December 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
We ate there for the first time during the big post-Sandy snowstorm, they were the only place open. It was a godsend as we had no heat/electric/cooking at home. Food was great that night, but less so, the couple of times after. In a different spot, it could have made it, but stuck between auto body shops and Smithtown Toyota, it was kind of hidden. Closer to the mall, and they would have done just fine. Location, Location, Location...
jim jongebloed December 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM
That location has been MArchello's, Venezia's and Uncle Bacala's over the years. It is just a bad location. Bacala's was awesome, we never had a bad meal there. We threw our parents 50Th wedding anniversary party there in July. It closed months ago- Garden City told us they were selling the property. WHy is Patch reporting this story now- months after the fact.


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