08/09/17 6:02am

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…)

07/14/17 6:45am

The NY Times made a recent visit to Shelter Island’s Ram’s Head Inn for brunch. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

What would you do if you only had 36 hours to spend on Shelter Island?

You definitely should grab a snack at Stars Café before heading to dinner at The Tavern. The next day you should hit up the Havens farmers’ market as well as Marie Eiffel Market. The following morning, be sure to take an early hike at Mashomack Preserve before brunch at Ram’s Head Inn. (more…)

04/21/17 6:00am

James Hull, owner of the Shelter Island Craft Brewery, likes to say that when people visits his brewery they are “tasting Shelter Island.”

By that he means every beer on tap is created from ingredients grown on the island, each with a different taste to offer.

The brewery is now entering its third summer and Hull said he’s excited about the progress he’s made, continuing to build his business and do what he loves.

“I’m not really a beer drinker myself,” he admitted. “But I was blessed with a very good palate.” (more…)