Short for Italian American Kitchen, chef and owner Salvatore Sorrentino incorporates into his new eatery his decades of experience working at Matteo’s and Andreas 25.
The cuisine includes the very best Italian has to offer, with items such as SJ’s Veal Chop, a bone-in breaded veal chop neatly set in truffle Marsala sauce, with truffle fries set aside. Some items diners won’t see just anywhere include the avocado burrata toast, which is adorned with candied prosciutto and roasted red peppers, adding a tasteful Italian twist to the trendy dish.
I•T•A also boasts an impressive bar with happy hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays excluding Monday. Other drink specials are available throughout the week.
45 W Main St., Bay Shore, itakitchenbayshore.com
KUNG FU TEA
The prolific tea chain with more than 250 locations nationwide is opening its third Long Island tea room, in Williston Park.
Specializing in bubble tea, this Taiwanese drink consists of milk teas, each batch brewed fresh every three hours, combined with the signature chewy tapioca pearls, which make up the “bubble” portion. Served cold or hot, there are various types of milk to choose from, with flavors such as milk green tea, coffee milk tea, and coconut milk tea, among others.
Other beverage options include classic tea, espresso, Yakult brand yogurt drink, tea, and ice-blended slush, as well as seasonal flavors.
434 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, kungfutea.com
IN THE SHED
Boasting one of the best brunches on the Island, this chic eatery in Huntington opened a second location in West Sayville.
All the classic brunch staples are here, whether it’s buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, omelets, salads, or cheeseburgers. What’s different is that the gluten-free choices taste as great as they are good for you. Take the breakfast bowl, which combines two poached eggs, avocado, home fries, sautéed spinach, onions, corn, jalapeño, and chipotle hollandaise. Pan-seared salmon and grilled chicken paillard are other impressive additions for those with gluten allergies.
Soup, catch, and butcher’s cut of the day make up the best parts of the dinner menu, along with baked clams, mac and cheese, and other small bites. The full-service bar includes 13 beers on tap, original cocktails and mocktails.
21 Main St., West Sayville intheshed.com