05/17/11 9:28am
05/17/2011 9:28 AM

Owner(s): Diana DiVello
Year established: 1991
Location: 1410 Manhanset Ave., Greenport
Phone: 631-477-1515
Attire: Casual/neat
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open for dinner 7 days in season
Website: portobellonorthfork.com

One of the North Fork’s hidden treasures, Porto Bello Restaurant is well worth a trip to its new location, away from noise and crowds, where diners can enjoy delicious food and a spectacular water view in a secluded setting.

Celebrating its 20th year, owner Diana DiVello has returned the restaurant to its original waterfront location in Greenport’s beautiful Stirling Harbor Marina.

Porto Bello offers an extensive Italian menu, as well as fresh local seafood, locally grown vegetables and North Fork wines. Its specialties include stuffed veal chop, pan-seared chicken and the Porto Bello mushroom, grilled and topped with roasted red peppers, Gorgonzola cheese and a balsamic reduction.

“Our Bolognese sauce is a favorite of diners,” said Diana, “made with beef and veal, tomatoes and a touch of cream. And our Italian cheesecake, made with ricotta, is a delectable finish.”

Named “Best of the Best” Italian Food in 2010 by Dan’s Papers, Porto Bello offers an upscale dining experience and professional, friendly staff who pay great attention to diners’ needs. It also provides on-site catering and can accommodate special events.

“We recently had an exciting phone call from Zagat’s, telling us that our ratings for food, service and decor were all up, across the board,” said Diana.

The Dining Guide is not a review column. It appears as a courtesy to Times/Review Newspapers advertisers.

05/11/11 10:09am
05/11/2011 10:09 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owners Barbara and husband Ettore Pinnaccias (from left), and brothers chef Brian and Mike Pinnaccias (front of the house).

Owner(s): Ettore, Barbara and Brian Pennacchia
Year established: 1989
Location: 28350 Main Road, Cutchogue
Phone: 298-5851
Attire: Casual/neat
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner seven days.
Website: TouchofVenice.com

For 22 years, A Touch of Venice overlooked the water on Wickham Lane in Mattituck, but beginning this month, diners will enjoy a new view in the family owned and operated restaurant.

“We are excited to announce the opening of our restaurant in our new location in the heart of charming Cutchogue Village,” said Ettore Pennacchia, who runs the restaurant with his son, Brian. “We’ve completed major renovations and we think our customers will be surprised to see the changes.”

Ettore and Brian have transformed the former Fisherman’s Rest on Main Road into a classic Italian trattoria, with warm-hued walls, cozy booth seats, a glass-enclosed wine room, restored wood flooring and additional windows. The result is an authentic “dining in Italy” atmosphere.

“Our loyal customers can expect to find all of their favorites on the menu, and the wine list still includes a great selection of North Fork and Italian wines,” said Ettore. The menu remains mostly Italian, with local seafood, seasonal items and fresh local vegetables and fruit. Ettore calls it a “value dining” experience. “We give good-sized portions for the money,” said Brian. The only part of the menu that has really changed, they said, is the expanded bar menu to accommodate the 20-seat bar.

“We have added a bar menu of small plates and will have a fine selection of draft beers,” said Ettore. “Our lunch menu is coming soon, and we are also offering a $22 three-course Early Dinner Special, and a Sunday Family Style Special. And look for our Happy Hour drink specials.”

Two side rooms, which can be joined into one, are available to accommodate special events and private parties.

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05/04/11 9:21am
05/04/2011 9:21 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Owners Jan and Bill Claudio, center, with staff.

Owner(s): Janice and Bill Claudio, Beatrice and Jerry Tuthill, Kathryn Claudio-Wyse
Year established: 1870
Location: 111 Main St., Greenport
Phone: 631-477-0627       
Attire: Casual/neat       
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open seven days; closed seasonally on Tuesday
Web site: www.claudios.com

In 1870, Manuel Claudio left the whaling ship Neva to open a seaside tavern. Today, Claudio’s is the nation’s oldest same-family-owned restaurant, with a bootlegging past that was featured in a History Channel documentary.

History surrounds diners in the circa 1845 registered historic building on beautiful Greenport Harbor. The magnificent Victorian bar was installed in 1886 by Manuel, who salvaged it from an old hotel being torn down in New York’s Bowery. America’s Cup memorabilia and historic photographs grace the dining room.
A classic seafood house, Claudio’s offers waterfront dining on two levels, with a private room for parties and rehearsal dinners. The lunch and dinner menus feature North Fork fish, clams, scallops, oysters, as well as local produce and many local wines. Claudio’s is known for “all things lobster,” serving whole lobsters up to six pounds, as well as lobster tails, scampi, salad and more. Appetizers include award-winning clam chowders, baked clams, crispy calamari and raw bar selections. Among the seafood entrées are pan-seared scallops, soft shell crabs, stuffed shrimp, linguine with clam sauce and more.

Delights from the land include filet mignon tidbits to start, and entrees such as excellent steaks, including porterhouse or New York strip, Long Island duck, or a classic hamburger. Little diners can enjoy chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp or mac and cheese.
The staff is friendly and professional, and the atmosphere is comfortable, with happy hour every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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04/28/11 11:23am
04/28/2011 11:23 AM

Owner(s): Bob Haase
Year established: 1979
Location: 40200 Main Road, Orient
Phone: 631-323-2424        
Attire: Casual    
Number of employees: 20    
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open 7 days for lunch and dinner during the season.
Web site: orientbythesea.com

Family owned and operated since 1979, Orient by the Sea Restaurant will open soon for its 33nd season, celebrating great food, a beautiful view and loyal customers. With an extensive menu offering fresh local seafood and locally grown, farm-fresh vegetables, Orient by the Sea is enjoyed by both locals and tourists, as well as the many passers-by who arrive via a scenic drive or by boat. The restaurant sits just west of the Cross Sound Ferry terminal, overlooking Gardiners Bay and, after a day at the beach or an afternoon of wine tasting, it’s the perfect place to relax and have a great meal or cocktail and enjoy the friendly service from longtime staffers.

Known for its delicious lobster specials, Orient by the Sea also offers daily fish specials, local Oysterponds oysters and a variety of Long Island wines. Diners can enjoy light fare, including soups, sandwiches and wraps, or a full-course meal, while dining inside or outdoors. There are stunning water views from every table.

“We are the only restaurant in Orient Point,” says owner Bobby Haase, “And we have a spectacular view, a casual, relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and a staff that offers genuine North Fork hospitality.”

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