Isola has recently opened on Shelter Island (Credit: Madison Fender/Isola courtesy)
Isola — it’s the Italian word for “island,” and an entirely appropriate name for a new restaurant on Shelter Island specializing in new Italian cuisine. That, according to Seth Nathan, Isola’s executive chef, translates to sourcing the freshest ingredients to be found on the East End and infusing them with the flavors of the Mediterranean.
“We’re surrounded by water, so the menu is heavy on seafood, locally sourced ingredients and the comfortable, approachable — yet beautiful — environment,” he said. “The concept gives us creative license to expand beyond various regions of Italy and into other parts of the Mediterranean.”
When it comes to Italy, Nathan admits to being a big fan of Calabria in Sicily. The natural salinity of the food found there is something he appreciates, dishes like cleanly cooked fish served alongside great produce.
“I also like a little heat and Calabria peppers,” he said. “I realize that’s not everyone’s palate, so I’m not forcing it, but I offer it.” (more…)
Rich Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars. (Katharine Schroeder file photo)
When Barbara Shinn and David Page moved to the North Fork to establish Shinn Estate Vineyards in 1998, they had to learn everything there was to know about winemaking from the ground up — starting with the vines.
They began by researching how other local grape growers worked. It didn’t take long for the couple to realize modern farming was less about understanding the rhythm and cycle of nature than about the timely application of pesticides and herbicides.
“We were a little surprised that there seemed to be more farming by recipe,” Shinn said. “And not only out here – a lot of farming was that way in the country and all over the world. (more…)