Food News on the East End

Food & Beverage

Cinco De Mayo
The Springs Tavern will host a special fiesta on Friday, May 4, from 11 PM to 2 AM in honor of Cinco De Mayo. The evening will feature live music by DJ Chile and drink specials including: $4 Modelo bottles, $5 tequila shots, and $5 margaritas. There will be a $5 cover at the door.

The Clam Bar
The Clam Bar at Napeague has re-opened for the 2018 season. The Hamptons staple is serving up its popular seafood, and more, daily beginning at noon. As of now the restaurant is operating, weather-permitting. Call to confirm hours before you visit, 631-267-6348.

The Clam Bar is a classic seaside snack bar, serving the Hamptons for more than 30 years. The family-owned mainstay knows seafood, as evidenced by the fleet of local fishermen who they rely on for their “catch of the day.” Of course, clams are a staple, served on the half shell, in chowder, fried, or stuffed.

The restaurant opens for the season when the weather warms in April and closes when the wind starts to whip off the Atlantic in October or November. Like bathing suits, suntan lotion, and sandals, The Clam Bar is strictly for fair weather fun.

Navy Beach
Navy Beach in Montauk is reopening for the season this weekend. The restaurant will be open for dinner this Friday through Sunday. Check the website for schedule.

Caci Shelter Island
Caci Restaurants presents the opening of Caci Shelter Island, a second location for the popular Italian restaurant located in Southold. Caci Shelter Island will be situated at the historic and luxury boutique hotel, The Shelter Island House, located on Stearns Point Road in Shelter Island Heights.

Caci, short for Cacioppo, is owned by husband and wife Anthony and Daniele Cacioppo, and Joseph and Kelly Cacioppo. Caci’s partnership with The Shelter Island House came about organically.

Joseph has known the hotel’s owners, sisters Suzanne Walsh and Janet Rogler, since childhood. Both families grew up in Garden City and spent their summers on the East End.

“After several discussions regarding both businesses, it became apparent that Caci taking over restaurant operations at Shelter Island House would be a winning collaboration and a complement for both Caci and The Shelter Island House brands, and happened at just the right time for us to expand,” said Anthony Cacioppo.

“We have always loved visiting Shelter Island, and the historic charm of this graciously restored inn really attracted us to the opportunity to have our second location here,” he continued.

Caci Shelter Island will offer a seasonally inspired menu featuring authentic Northern Italian cuisine by Umbrian-born executive chef Marco Pellegrini that is simplistic, inventive, and dedicated to all things fresh and house made. Locally sourced and imported Italian ingredients, along with house-made pasta, gnocchi, bread, and gelato are just some of Caci’s specialties. Chef Marco will be Executive Chef to both Caci locations, maintaining a consistent menu and dining experience.

Daniele Cacioppo described how their partnership with Chef Marco came to be. “Anthony and I had been in search of the right partner to open up a restaurant on the North Fork since 1995, when Anthony and I bought our first home in Southold. We never thought that we would find him years later while in Italy on vacation,” she said.

“It was a magical connection. Marco’s authentic and simple style was exactly what we were in search of. We asked Marco to take a look at the North Fork and the wheels started turning,” she added.

“I am inspired by the agriculture and aquaculture the North Fork offers, and believe that the access to these fresh ingredients provides me the opportunities to create an unforgettable dining experience,” noted Chef Marco. “I am really looking forward to bringing this unique menu, as well as tastes of Central and Northern Italy, to Shelter Island.”

Caci Shelter Island will offer its North Fork location’s Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winning wine list featuring North Fork and Italian wines, along with local and Italian beers on tap or by the bottle, as well as seasonal craft cocktails.

The grand opening will be Memorial Day Weekend. The restaurant plans to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit www.cacishelterisland.com.

jessica@indyeastend.com