Charming with a European flare, a visit to Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a must for any visit to the North Fork.
In this week’s edition of “What’s For Lunch?” we recommend “The Speck” ($5.50) — one of a half-dozen varieties of sandwiches made in-house every day, with a brownie on the side for an additional ($1.75).
The sandwich features dry cured smoked ham, gorgonzola and extra virgin olive oil on Tuscan bread.
The taste of gorgonzola dolce (the sweeter variety of the cheese) dominates the sandwich, but is slightly offset by the salty smoked ham. The bread is fresh, delivered daily from Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City and the olive oil delivers the right level of moisture.
The brownies at Village Cheese Shop are among my favorite treats. The edges are firm but the inside is a gooey, fudge consistency with a rich flavor that will sate any chocolate craving.
While the portion size might appear small, the richness of the ingredients make this a surprisingly filling meal. But if you are still hungry, Village Cheese Shop offers many varieties of chevres, cheddars and bries to please your palate (the perfect accompaniment for a day of wine tasting).
Enjoy your meal in the lovely sunroom to enhance the experience.
Village Cheese Shop is located at 105 Love Lane in Mattituck.
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