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Peter M. Gianotti is Newsday's restaurant critic and wine-and-spirits columnist. He's the author of "A Guide to Long Island Wine Country," "Newsday's Guide to the Wines of Long Island," "Dining Out with Newsday" and co-author of "Newsday's Long Island Restaurant Guide" and "Eats NYC." Before reviewing restaurants, Gianotti was a Washington correspondent, economics writer, book critic and New York City reporter. Gianotti received his master's degree from Columbia University, where he also was a Bagehot Fellow; and his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, where he has taught journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives on Long Island.
If you buy $100 in gift cards, you'll receive a $20 gift certificate free as part of a holiday-season promotion by the George Martin restaurant group.
You must redeem the certificate at the restaurant where it was purchased. And it can't be used to pay for tips or catered affairs.
The George Martin restaurants include "the original" George Martin and GM Burger Bar in Rockville...Read more »
There will be a lot of shucking and pouring in Bridgehampton on Friday.
Fresh Hamptons restaurant hosts a six-course, oysters-and-wine pairing dinner on Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Cost: $95 per person plus tax and tip.
Wines from Paumanok Vineyards will be matched with different preparations of Howard Pickerell's Pride Oysters.
The menu includes grilled oysters with chive beurre...Read more »
Just in time for Christmas season, Spezia arrives with enough carbs to fuel the marathon.
The bright, friendly Italian spot is a comfortable refuge from the rush of the work week and long lines at the mall.
Alex Camargo, formerly a waiter at Casa Rustica in Smithtown, is among the principals at the new restaurant, which moves into the address previously occupied by Mauricio's Orlando...Read more »
Buongiorno to The Trattoria; arrivederci, Kitchen A Trattoria.
The sale of Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James to its chef, Steven Gallagher, has been completed. And Gallagher has renamed the popular spot The Trattoria.
Kitchen A Trattoria was owned by Eric Lomando, who also owns Kitchen A Bistro in St. James and Orto in Miller Place.
Gallagher said the name change was made...Read more »
When Guy Reuge announced that his four-star restaurant, Mirabelle, would switch to a more spontaneous, farm-to-table, fixed-price approach, devotees understandably wondered why.
They shouldn't be concerned. Mirabelle remains a plum.
Reuge's menus now change daily, with perhaps a half-dozen choices for each course. Some dishes may stay on for a few days. And the two-course "duck...Read more »
Modern Snack Bar, the home-cooking mainstay in Aquebogue, is up to here in Thanksgiving orders, starting with the mashed turnips advertised on its marquee.
But, in addition to its delicious preparation of the root vegetable currently starring at North Fork farm stands, the restaurant also is offering a true Long Island treat: Peconic Bay scallops. The season started earlier this month.
Modern...Read more »
George Martin The Original in Rockville Centre and George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River are adding a complimentary $50 gift certificate when you buy a $100 gift card at the restaurants on Black Friday.
The cash-only, day-after-Thanksgiving promotion is limited to one per table. The certificate may be redeemed after Jan. 2, 2014.
George Martin The Original, 60 N. Park Ave., Rockville...Read more »
There will be some extra sparkle at The Vine Wine Bar on Nov. 27.
The day before Thanksgiving, the Merrick bar hosts Sparkling Pointe of Southold, a winery devoted to making Champagne-style bubbly. The session is from 7 to 9 p.m.
There will be free tastings of Sparkling Pointe wines, a question-and-answer session, and a limited number of vouchers for free tours of the vineyard. The Vine...Read more »
You'll have two more chances to sample McCall hamburgers and fare from The North Fork Table & Inn's gourmet food truck at the winemaker's tasting room.
Friday and Nov. 29 will mark the final appearances of the season at the McCall Tasting Room in Cutchogue, where burgers from Charolais cattle raised by McCall will be grilled and served.
They'll go with the 2008 McCall...Read more »
Keith Davidson, a graduate of Huntington High School, is back in town as the new chef at Vitae Restaurant & Wine Bar.
He's also an alumnus of Johnson & Wales University. Davidson previously cooked at the Montauk Lake Club in Montauk, as well as the departed Rocco's in Sag Harbor and restaurants in Massachusetts and St. John in the Virgin Islands.
Davidson succeeds Steven Del...Read more »