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Michelina Da Fonte

08/05/19 6:01am

Our great takeout spots map, as it appeared in the August issue of northforker magazine. (Credit: Eric Hod/Design, Michelina Da Fonte/Information)

Long days that blend into nights filled with beaches, picnics and firepits are what summer is all about. Summertime living should be easy, and that’s why it’s the perfect season for takeout.


07/22/19 6:00am

Trenette al Nero con Granchio from Barba Bianca. (Credit: David Benthal)

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The Dish: Trenette al Nero con Granchio

Chef Frank DeCarlo

Barba Bianca, Greenport


Chef DeCarlo’s Trenette al Nero con Granchio, which literally translates to Black Trenette with Crab, is a true North Fork summer dish as blue crabs are plentiful in the Peconic Bay this time of year.   


The components balance perfectly with the brininess and umami from the squid ink, the sweetness of the crab meat, and the acidity of the tomatoes.  The first step in creating the dish is making the pasta. Black ink from the squid’s ink sac is added to semola flour, double 00 flour, and eggs. The crabs are then sautéed with garlic, white wine, tomato and garnished with flat parsley.


Visually, DeCarlo’s dish was inspired by crabs on the beach in a mass of black seaweed. As Barba Bianca focuses on traditional seaside recipes from Italy, spaghetti con granchio is a classic dish from the Italian coastal city, Venice.

Pairs well with …

Macari Sauvignon Blanc

06/26/19 5:55am

The house-made “aMano” cannoli is a must-try. (Credit: David Benthal)

There tend to be two camps when it comes to dessert. Some people see dessert as a once-in-a-while luxury and swear to have only a “bite.” On the other end of the spectrum are those who choose which dessert they’ll have before they even decide on a main course. (more…)

06/24/19 5:55am

We get it, your fur baby is part of the family and there’s no reason Fido should have to stay at home with puppy eyes while you explore the North Fork’s wineries and vineyards.

Here are nine dog-friendly vineyards that welcome man’s best friend to come along for the ride. (more…)

06/17/19 6:01am

There’s plenty to eat and drink at First Fridays on Love Lane. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

First Fridays on Love Lane is a locavore’s dream come true.

With more than 15 local vendors selling mostly food and beverages, it’s not difficult to spend the entire evening eating and drinking your way down the street.

While you can definitely make a night out of that, at this month’s First Friday I challenged myself to consume only a handful of items forcing me to be strategic in my choices.

Here are the five things I tried at June’s First Friday. (more…)