01/06/18 7:09am

Chicken noodle soup at Love Lane Kitchen (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Soggy socks, numb fingers, a tight back — ah, the joys of shoveling. Frigid temps and buckets of snow leave much to be desired this time of year, but solace can be taken in the soul-warming nourishment from a piping hot bowl of soup.  (more…)

11/04/16 6:04am

If you’ve ever stepped foot inside Jerry and the Mermaid in downtown Riverhead, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed Lynne Andreotti. The 59-year-old greets most of her customers with a big hug.

The fact that Andreotti is one of Riverhead’s most beloved waitresses isn’t lost on general manager and executive chef Jerry Dicecco Jr., who calls her the establishment’s “ace in the hole.”

“People love her,” said Dicecco, whose parents opened Jerry and the Mermaid 23 years ago. “There are times where she gets twice as many tables as the other servers because every other table walking in the door wants her to wait on them.”

So, what is it about Andreotti that draws people to her in droves?

“The customers are like family to me,” she said, adding that it’s not uncommon for the restaurant’s regular guests to invite her to weddings, baby showers and barbecues. (more…)

12/11/14 9:20am
Mussels Luciano and a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder soup from Jerry and the Mermaid. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mussels Luciano and a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder soup from Jerry and the Mermaid. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Just take the broth of the mussels Luciano at Jerry and the Mermaid, put it in a 32 oz. cup and I’ll take it to go. Thanks.

In this week’s edition of “What’s For Lunch?” we recommend the Local Mussels Luciano Style and a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder from this downtown Riverhead establishment. (more…)