10/06/19 6:00am

Chef Marco Pellegrini has found a new home in Smithtown. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

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Foodies, mark you calendars. Acclaimed chef Marco Pellegrini will soon be serving up his authentic Italian cuisine once again. Osteria Umbra is slated to open in late January 2020 in Smithtown.

The 115-seat Smithtown restaurant, located at the site of the former Smithtown Buffet, is inspired by the Italian chef’s hometown of Umbra and the North Fork. Pellegrini moved his family from Umbra to Cutchogue in 2014 to serve as executive chef at popular Italian restaurant Caci North Fork. After four years, the Southold restaurant abruptly closed in October 2018, leading Pellegrini to open his own restaurant for the first time. (more…)

07/30/16 6:25am
Chef Marco Pellegrini works with his salts at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Chef Marco Pellegrini works with his salts at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci in Southold, digs his hand into a mason jar filled with brightly colored yellow salt crystals. He twirls his finger to mix up the salt, then brings it to his nose and inhales.

The unmistakable scent of lemon begins wafting from the jar. It makes sense, since lemon is exactly what Mr. Pellegrini — an Italian-born chef who moved to America three years ago — used to make the seasoning.

The flavored salts were in the works for two months and made their unseen debut at Caci June 22, when the restaurant transitioned to its summer 2016 menu.  (more…)

10/26/15 5:59am
Credit: Randee Daddona

Credit: Randee Daddona

Marco Pellegrini of Caci North Fork, who we profiled in the fall 2015 edition of the Long Island Wine Press, shares his recipe for Acquerello risotto with shrimp, clams and zucchini Fiorentine:

He recommends pairing this dish with Castello di Borghese 2013 chardonnay.

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10/09/15 10:59am
Chef Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chef Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

From the moment the colonies waged their independence from Great Britain in 1776, millions of people have immigrated to the United States in pursuit of the so-called American dream.

The majority of those people would probably say they moved here in search of a better, more prosperous life.

But Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci North Fork, a Southold restaurant that specializes in authentic Italian food, falls into the camp of dream-seekers who say they don’t know what drove them to relocate to the land of stars and stripes.

In Pellegrini’s case, he just did. (more…)