04/10/18 6:10am

Pick up a bottle of Sparkling Point Brut on your next visit to Stirling Sake in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

Remember the days when dinner was a protein-starch-veggie affair? There’s no shame if you can’t. Food may still sustain us, but these days it’s also meant to entertain us.

Blame the millennials, Instagram and wine and food subscription services, but experiential dining is now at the head of the table.

The Long Island restaurant scene has become more creative — putting a greater emphasis on shareable conversation-starting tapas, local ingredients and plating dishes so artistically they look almost too good to eat.  (more…)

10/27/16 6:01am
Touch of Venice Cutchogue

The dining room at Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, which we recommend visiting during Long Island Restaurant Week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend at dozens of restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The $27.95 prix fixe deals run from Sunday, Oct. 30, to Sunday, Nov. 6 — except Saturday, when some restaurants only offer the deal until 7 p.m.

Don’t know where to dine this time? Here are four suggestions to try on the East End.

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10/24/16 6:13am
Touch of Venice's Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Touch of Venice’s Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The first few weeks of autumn may have some people reaching for a sweater or rake, but here on the North Fork we make autumn-inspired libations.  (more…)

09/26/16 6:02am
Brian and Ettore Pennachia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Brian and Ettore Pennacchia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Every Italian knows a good tomato sauce should strike the ideal balance between sweetness and tang. That formula also describes the working relationship between Touch of Venice owners Ettore Pennacchia and his son Brian, who are executive chefs at the Cutchogue restaurant.

The elder Pennacchia, 67, retreats to the Main Road establishment’s kitchen six days a week to prepare mainstays like stuffed artichokes and veal parmigiana. Cooking alongside him is Brian, 42, who stays on top of the latest culinary trends in an effort to add unexpected twists to Dad’s old-school Italian recipes.

“My father brings the history,” Brian said in an interview at the restaurant, which relocated five years ago from a waterfront setting in Mattituck to the former Fisherman’s Rest on Main Road. “I work on all the specials; I do anything new. We have a good mix.” (more…)

07/11/16 9:34am
Credit: Randee Daddona

This is Caci North Fork’s first time being honored by Wine Spectator (Credit: Randee Daddona)

For the first time, Caci North Fork in Southold has been honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list. It joins Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, which cracked the list for the third consecutive year.

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03/17/16 6:01am
Norine Pennacchia, owner of Touch Goods (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

d Norine Pennacchia, owner of TouchGOODS (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A wall of colorful kilim pillows greets the eye when one first enters TouchGOODS, a new home goods store in Southold.

From there different pieces of furniture, both wood and rattan, compete for attention, as owner Norine Pennacchia wades through them, deciding how they’ll be displayed.

TouchGOODS is Ms. Pennacchia’s creation which grew out of a love of furniture, both old and new. Currently she is stocking and decorating the shop in order to be open by Saturday, March 19. (more…)