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…)