About Pentimento Restaurant

Pentimento, inspired by the spirit of mother-nature, reflects the seasonal progression by creating seasonal menus conceived by owner Dennis Young and Chef Chelsea Taylor. Like the seasons, each menu is merely a layer on the culinary canvas they have been painting on for more than thirty years.
Like all Italian fare, the soul of each dish is derived from the region and embodied by the finest imported and local, natural and organic ingredients and animated with passion in the hands that prepare them. Using minimal and high quality ingredients and showcasing their flavors is one of our philosophies at Pentimento. Our wine program is extensive, yet simple. Every palette is different. Our beverage director David Marzano will ensure each sip will be a memorable one. Italian food needs to be enjoyed in an atmosphere that beckons family and friends to savor, talk, drink and celebrate. The direction by the general manager Lisa Cusumano results in a very unique guest experience

93 Main St.
Stony Brook, NY 11790
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday Dinner: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
CLOSED MONDAY

Late night bar menu available

Cross Street:
Route 25A

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(631) 689-7755

Website:
http://www.pentimentorestaurant.net/

Catering:
Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly for details.

Executive Chef:
Chelsea Taylor

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

Pentimento Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Authentic (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is consistently delicious. Eat in the restaurant when you come here. The bar is not a good scene. There is a fairly young bartender there that has been there for some time. He likes to put his hands on the other bar maids in front of the customers! Can you imagine, in this day and age. Hello Harvey Weinstein !!!We wrote in to complain about him and he denied what everyone sees him do right in front of everyone. He also is famous for changing your favorite game if he simply feels like it with no warning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent meal from start to finish.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic service. Cozy atmosphere. Interesting and tasty food choices. Great specailty drinks. What more can you ask for. Good happy hour prices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great atmosphere and food was excellent. I was a little disappointed with their whiskey selection and tap beer options but overall great experience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a great restaurant and we should frequent it more .
Last night we went all American and both my wife and myself went with burgers !! She had the vegetarian burger which unfortunately she didn't like and left. They did offer to switch it for something else but she declined . My burger however was very good ! Well cooked and full of flavor . Not sure about Burgers on Ciabatta bread ! Call me old fashioned , but it was a great burger .
Our waiter was friendly and polite - no complaints about this restaurant, been here many times and always consistent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is always excellent, service as well. One of our fsvorites!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Highly recommend this restaurant. Food was delicious and well prepared. I didn't notice that the dish I ordered contained chili powder and was quite spicy. My fault. They were more than willing to get me another dish and, while I was waiting, even brought me a complimentary appetizer. Quite thoughtful. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Good selection and I will definitely return. You can actually have a normal level conversation (we went on a Sunday evening).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Have been a customer for several years , 3 times a year visit.
I had heard negative review from a family member that the food was no longer good. But I had always enjoyed our meals in the past and had to give it a try.
Unfortunately they must have new ownership and the whole experience isn't the same.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Nice meal -limited menu. Over 120 for lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great spot to dine. Nice bar. Outside seating avail. Very nice menu. Great service. Will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Four of us went to dinner here on a Friday evening and all four of us loved everything we ordered - wine, apps, entree and dessert. Two of us are vegetarians and there were many creative dishes to choose from which was wonderful because there still is limited vegetarian dishes to choose from in many restaurants. Even if you were not vegetarian these dishes would appeal to anyone. The waiter was efficient and pleasant but not overbearing. We are still talking about how much we loved it here. Will be back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We sat outside, which was very pleasant. Inside, it tends to be much noisier. There is a bar, but we haven't sat there, so I can't comment on it.

Martin

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have been here before. This time was not so great. Not much of a selection of red wines by the glass. You would think an Italian restaurant would have a merlot by the glass. The meatball appetizer we got was cold and our server was nowhere to be found. We were very disappointed this time around.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great restaurant First time I was there -but it won't be my last. Food, service, decor - all great. Had a wonderful time with my "golf" ladies.

Will certainly bring the "man of my dreams" (49 years) back!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was delicious the lasagna was first rate. The tomato vinaigrette salad dressing was fabulous. It was an enjoyable evening.
We ate outside. It was a lovely night. The main dining room was very noisy.we asked to sit outside.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Though I had been to the bar once, this visit was my first for dinner, which was a birthday dinner (for my spouse) that we timed so that we could enjoy a leisurely meal and make a Jazz Loft concert with time to spare. Everything about the meal and evening went beautifully; we were very well cared for by the waiting staff, and the quartet that night killed it. Highly recommend the combination: Pentimento + Jazz Loft.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Pleasant overall experience. Nice, varied menu, pleasant staff, nice surroundings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a nice time here. There were a few oddities like the food came out literally about five minutes after we ordered it, WAY too fast. It was clear that the dishes had already been sitting in the kitchen, made. We were also interrupted a LOT by the waiter, the manager, and another service. Very sweet to check in on us but it was just too much. I'd recommend, but not if you're there hoping to have a nice long conversation. Between the food arriving so quickly and the constant check ins, we weren't there long.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We usually eat outside whenever the weather permits and this was no exception. They keep on tweaking and improving the outside dining area. It has the feel of an English Garden. Very picturesque and quiet. The food and service were excellent. Nice menu and wine list and everything was well prepared. Three of us had pasta dishes and the sauce was excellent and a little spicy which we all enjoyed. All in all an excellent dining experience highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Been a patron for many,many years. And never disappointed,,
Love their style and service

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I had a delicious brunch outside. My husband enjoyed the Lobster Hash browns which were cooked to perfection with the poached eggs. So yummy! I ordered the Shrimp & Grits, another tasty choice with the salty deliciousness of tasso ham, cheese and a fantastic sauce. We both also had their spicy Bloody Mary, which was out of this world. In addition, the service was spot on. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere beautiful restaurant food was excellent service was great no complaints me and my guests had a wonderful time. You will not be disappointed

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great choices, all well prepared and presented. Today I had Italian grits and shrimp, an item on the brunch menu. Excellent! ! For dessert try the Gelato sandwich. Amazing.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Wait staff was VERY GOOD, THOUGHTFUL and attentive to our needs.
Noise level was a bit noisy for my old ears - close to the bar.
(Next time I will ask for the dining room or outside.)

Tags: Vegan, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Love this place!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We've been late to the table, so to speak, at Pentimento in Stony Brook since new Chef de Cuisine Chelsea Taylor has taken over the kitchen. We were encouraged by the eclectic new menu that featured some of our favorite apps such as marinated gigante beans, grilled artichokes and panelle (fried chick pea fritters). Specials this past Sunday included Fiori di Zucca (stuffed zucchini flowers) and organic local Nettle Gnudi (a kind of ravioli stuffing absent the pasta encasement) in a prosciutto ragu. We opted for the specials. The flowers consisted of three smallish specimens, crisply battered and fried and doused with a tasty basil pesto. But the ricotta stuffing was absent any character from added herbs or seasoning. Disappointing. Conversely, the gnudi were rather large and plentiful. But cutting into them with our fork, these plump green-specked pillows were tough and somewhat gelatinous, as though they spent too much time in a water boil or overworked ricotta dough resulted in undue toughening. There was nothing delicate--as good gnudi should be--about them and they were utterly lacking in nettle flavor or any flavor for that matter. The prosciutto ragu was at once oily and way over salted and lacked the consistency of a proper ragu. A dousing of grated Parmigiano Reggiano helped, but the chewy character of the gnudi could not be overcome. There is much more on Ms. Taylor's menu to explore, and we plan a trip back. We just hope the execution fares better than the promise upon our return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A Big Disappointment. We were at Pentimento because we were going to a concert at The Jazz Loft which is nearby and the restaurant has very positive reviews. The restaurant is attractive. First minor problem: we asked for a soda that was on the menu, but they didn't have it. We ordered, and the waiter asked if we'd like some bread. We said yes. Twenty minutes later, still no bread. We asked about it and were told it's in the oven. 15 minutes later, the waiter arrived with 3 slices of a small, narrow Italian bread, one slice for each of us. It was cold, stale, and inedible--perhaps in the oven 2 days ago. I ordered tricolor salad with grilled salmon on it, a specific choice on the menu. Instead, I got an appetizer salad with no salmon. Orders got corrected, so what about the food?: it was good. My salad came with the salmon grilled just the way I had asked for it; pork chop was good; lobster risotto was good. My ultimate review question: would I go back? No. Hard to make up for such an unprofessional (and seemingly untruthful) beginning when there are so many other restaurants to choose from.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I was looking forward to trying Pentimento. However, my excitement was short lived. I ordered a simple parmesan and pepper pasta. What I received was a heavily cream laden pasta dish that was inedible. My husband ordered mussels with a white wine sauce for an appetizer, and received a red sauce.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always perfect here, never disappoints ever . We are addicted to this place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Delicious food and wait staff could not have been better. We had made a rather late reservation and were initially seated near bar area which was a little too loud for conversation. Staff was able to move us to a table in the other room by a window which was much quieter and we will make that request in the reservation next time when we are there by ourselves. Will def come again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner immensely! Our server was wonderful, we didn't like the wine and he was quick to change it for us. Dinner was delicious and the portion size was perfect! We will definitely come back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 5, 2017

the food was good, but the place smelled like mildew kind of ruined my appetite

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

First time dining there. Food was excellent. Portion size on the pasta entre we had were a little on the light side. Prices were very reasonable though.

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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 (Poconos)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Given the price, the food and service are both average. Their menu has some interesting changes but after having had dinner or lunch here periodically over nearly 20 years it's definitely not my favorite area restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Restaurant needs a renovation. Food was not good. My sea bass was so dried out and my husband had grilled chicken that was overlooked and dry. Will not return.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great night out with friends. Delicious wine and food,
The garlic scape soup and panelle were the perfect start. Goat cheese ravioli and squid ink pasta cooked perfectly al dente. Mussels and chilis with the squid ink pasta were the perfect combination of briny and spicy. Will definitely be back soon!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Very nice atmosphere for romantic evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Service and food was fantastic!!! Great setting and food and drink selection

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I've never had a bad meal. Everything was home made. Pastas were excellent. Dessert was an Italian cheesecake that was phenomenal.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Awesome service and food!!! We are never disappointed when we dine at Pentimento; with or without our kids!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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