07/26/17 5:14pm

Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci North Fork. The restuarant once again made Newsday’s list of the best Long Island restaurants. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Five North Fork restaurants earned coveted spots on Newsday’s annual 100 “Top Long Island Restaurant” list it was revealed on Wednesday.

The list, reported by Newsday food writers Peter Gianotti, Erica Marcus, Corin Hirsch and Pervaiz Shallwani, includes ten entries from the the following ten divisions: bistro, sushi, seafood, cheap eats, fine dining, steak house, Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern and Indian.

Unsurprisingly, two of the best seafood restaurants were in Southold — Southold Fish Market, as well as perennial favorite Noah’s. (more…)

07/12/17 6:01am

Baked apples at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Madison Fender/Ram’s Head Inn courtesy)

This summer, the North Fork is a canvas of photogenic dessert plates. With an abundance of local, fresh ingredients by talented purveyors, it is no surprise that restaurant chefs have gone above and beyond creating photogenic, edible masterpieces. Cameras and smartphones will be out and ready even before you grab your spoon and fork.

Make your Instagram followers swoon with these six Instagram worthy desserts created by notable chefs of the North Fork and Shelter Island. (more…)

12/14/16 10:59am
Jamesport Manor Inn in Jamesport.

Jamesport Manor Inn in Jamesport. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Looking to stay out of the kitchen on Christmas Eve? Many North Fork eateries will be open, with some offering something special the night before Christmas.

Here are five North Fork restaurants serving a decadent Christmas Eve menu on Saturday, Dec. 24. (more…)

11/08/16 3:24pm
Caci scallop season

Bay scallops with pumpkin caponata, prosciutto and crumbled amaretti. (Credit: Caci North Fork)

Whether they’re seared, baked or sautéed, nothing beats a Peconic Bay scallop.

Following opening day yesterday, some North Fork restaurants have pulled out all the stops to showcase this sweet and nutty bivalve. While it wasn’t a great start to the season, you’ll find this shellfish on local restaurant menus until they are gone.

Here are three North Fork restaurants making dishes with the ultra-fresh seafood. Get them while they’re available. (more…)

07/30/16 6:25am
Chef Marco Pellegrini works with his salts at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Chef Marco Pellegrini works with his salts at Caci North Fork in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Marco Pellegrini, executive chef at Caci in Southold, digs his hand into a mason jar filled with brightly colored yellow salt crystals. He twirls his finger to mix up the salt, then brings it to his nose and inhales.

The unmistakable scent of lemon begins wafting from the jar. It makes sense, since lemon is exactly what Mr. Pellegrini — an Italian-born chef who moved to America three years ago — used to make the seasoning.

The flavored salts were in the works for two months and made their unseen debut at Caci June 22, when the restaurant transitioned to its summer 2016 menu.  (more…)