01/27/16 1:11pm
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A bottle of Influence Wines’ 2014 Malbec served at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

When I have dinner on the North Fork, I always try to drink local wine – and not just because I’m a “local wine” guy. The restaurants that do offer local wine need to sell that wine so that they can buy more to sell me the next time. It’s simple supply and demand. (more…)

06/19/15 8:02pm
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PeraBell Food Bar East hosted a family and friends night Friday. Expect a grand opening after July 4. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s friends and family night at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead, which is still more than two weeks away from its grand opening, and co-owner John Peragine is manning the 7,000 pound pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy.

He has agreed to an interview, but before he can talk about the new eatery, one of Riverhead’s most-anticipated of 2015, he has to feed a very important customer.

“One second,” he says, as he lays out three slices of thin crust pizza for his mother, Julia.  (more…)