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Asado Lamb Roast

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The Living Room Restaurant, located at c/o The Maidstone on Main Street in East Hampton, will be hosting its Asado Lamb Roast Series this summer.

After a successful inaugural Lamb Roast on May 14, the Garden Lamb Roast series will continue on Mondays, July 7, August 11, and September 1. The roast will start at 4 p.m. Admission is $75 per person, with 50 percent off for children under the age of 12.

Diners will be served a family style, all-you-can-eat meal with live music by Alfredo Merat & Radio Europa. There will be an array of appetizers, lamb, sauces, salads and more for diners to enjoy.

The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone serves breakfast, lunch and daily with special menus for children and dogs as well. The menu features fresh and naturally produced foods and serves meals that are “new American with a Scandinavian twist,” according to executive chef Mathias Brogie.

For reservations, call the Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone at (631) 324-5006.


BLT Steak Returns to CAPRI Southampton

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BLT Steak at CAPRI Southampton has returned for the 2014 summer season.

The pop-up restaurant debuted at the boutique hotel on County Road 39A on May 23over Memorial Day weekend.

BLT Steak is the flagship of ESquared Hospitality, an international restaurant and hospitality group that has BLT locations all over the world. The restaurant will be run by ESquared Hospitality’s corporate executive chef Clifford Crooks and feature signature dishes, such as tuna tartare along with seasonal specials like scallop crudo.

“We’re thrilled to return for a second year and have the chance to offer our signature dining experience to visitors once again, as well as participate in the hotel’s exciting programming for this summer,” Jimmy Haber, ESquard Hospitality’s managing partner, said.

The restaurant can seat 110 guests both inside the restaurant and on its covered patio. For poolside fare, visitors can also attend the Bathing Club at CAPRI during daytime hours and the outdoor bar and lounge areas will be catered by BLT Steak during the evenings.

BLT Steak will also cater the après-beach party at the Bathing Club every Saturday night. Hosted by pop-up maestro Travis Bass, there will be notable DJs, surprise guests and other special events and programming.

BLT Steak will be open for dinner Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through July 4 weekend, and Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day weekend.

For more information or to place a reservation, call 631-259-2641 or visit www.CAPRISouthampton.com/BLT_Steak.

Doppio East to Open Sag Harbor Spot in Former Madison & Main Location

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By Tessa Raebeck

Known for artisanal pizzas and authentic Italian cuisine, Doppio Artisan Bistro will be opening a new location in Sag Harbor this spring, at the 126 Main Street spot previously occupied by Madison & Main.

The restaurant, Doppio East, will offer a raw bar, small plates and pizzas fresh from the dining room’s new brick oven.

As roommates at Fordham University, executive chef Louis Barresi and partner Thomas Pescuma dreamed of opening a restaurant together. While Pescuma worked in financial services, Barresi and his brother Joseph founded Doppio Artisan Bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut three years ago.

Following the first restaurant’s success, the duo joined with Harry Armon, Pescuma’s partner in a financial consulting firm, to found The Timeless Hospitality Group. The group opened Doppio Huntington in April 2013 and a French bistro, Barrique Restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut, two months later. They bought a Hudson Street location in New York City in the fall and are opening Doppio NYC this month.69928x471

Their latest venture into good food, Doppio East is a casual bistro set to open as early as March. Having visited the area every summer, Pescuma “got the urge” to open a location on the East End.

After purchasing the space occupied by The Paradise last year, Madison & Main co-owners Michael Gluckman and Eric Miller performed extensive renovations to the building’s interior. Pescuma said the new owners plan to keep many of the layout changes, such as leaving the bar by the restaurant’s front entrance. A brick pizza oven will warm the room from the back left corner.

Not yet finalized, the Doppio East menu will have many of the Italian staples from the restaurant’s other locations, with added seafood options and a full raw bar. It will feature pizzas, 10 to 12 piattini (small plates), appetizers, soups, salads, Panini, meat and seafood dishes, and, of course, pastas. All Doppio East dressings, breads and pastas will be made in house.

Coming straight from the brick oven, the selection of 10 to 15 artisan pizzas will include the signature Doppio pizza: butternut squash puree, mozzarella di bufala and pancetta finished with the finest extra virgin olive oil.

Large groups at Doppio typically order several pizzas and small plates. Ranging in price from $6 to $25 at the Huntington location, the dishes include: Clams Al Doppio, top neck clams, fresh herbs and panko bread crumbs; Polenta E Funghi Al Tartufo, a mixed wild mushroom polenta with truffle oil; and Polpo Alla Griglia, a “very popular” char-grilled octopus dish with fennel, arugula and citrus.553135363

The fresh pastas are done “Carpaccio style,” Pescuma says, meaning the house made pasta is baked in tinfoil and hand rolled. In addition to classic dishes like fettuccini Bolognese and meat lasagna, Doppio offers high-end dishes such as Pappardelle al Ragu D’Agnello, or house made pappardelle with braised lamb shank ragu, and Fusilli in Cartoccio, which features hand rolled pasta, porcini mushrooms, baby heirloom tomato, truffle oil and mascarpone cheese and is “the biggest seller as far as pasta goes,” according to Pescuma.

On bread baked in house, the Fiorentina Panini has skirt steak, caramelized onions and melted Gorgonzola dolce, while the Salsiccia Panini is filled with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and fresh mozzarella.

The partners are looking forward to adding several new dishes to the Sag Harbor menu; including a new chicken Chianti and at least one lobster dish.

“The plate size, despite the name, is actually pretty big,” Pescuma says of the piattini, adding that they may scale the size down and lower the prices for the Sag Harbor spot, although nothing has been finalized.

Doppio East plans to have regular live music and nightly bar specials on drinks and small plates and is “definitely going to be open year-round,” Pescuma said, adding the venue is ideal for private events.

Doppio East is opening this spring at 126 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit timelesshospitalitygroup.com.

Sag Harbor Citarella and Bobby Flay Rumors Kiboshed

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Espresso's on Division Street in Sag Harbor Wednesday.

Espresso’s on Division Street in Sag Harbor Wednesday. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

By Tessa Raebeck

Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, Bobby Flay will not be opening a restaurant in Sag Harbor.

The New York Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil reported on December 29 that the celebrity chef had been in talks to take over the space currently occupied by Espresso’s at 184 Division Street. Flay tweeted that he would not take over the space and this Wednesday confirmed the story is false.

“The reports that I’m opening a restaurant in Sag Harbor are completely fabricated and not true,” Flay wrote in an email to the Express. “I have no idea where the assumed space in Sag Harbor is. I’ve never stepped foot in the space nor have I ever spoken to the owners.”

“Sag Harbor,” he added, “is one of my favorite places to visit in the Hamptons but I will only be dining in other people’s restaurants, not opening my own.”

A staple in Sag Harbor since 1993, Espresso Italian Market and Grill, or Espresso’s, as it’s commonly referred to, has reportedly been sold by owners Corrado Paini and Richie Camacho, but the building’s new occupants are yet unknown. Paini and Camacho bought the established store from Robin and Luigi Tagliasacchi in 2005.

Calls to Espresso were not returned as of press time.

The reaction to news that Espresso’s would stop serving its famed focaccia, and the like, after 20 years had a ripple effect throughout Sag Harbor, many residents lamenting the changes they have seen in the two-and-a-half square mile village.

“I spent many days after school hanging with friends at Espresso’s,” said Ryan Skinner, a Sag Harbor resident who graduated from Pierson High School in 2004. “It was the Pierson hangout spot, I have some fond memories there.”

“Espresso’s is a treasure,” Judi and Howard Roth wrote Monday in a letter to The Sag Harbor Express. “We hope, hope, hope that they will find someplace else to open or that they manage to renegotiate and stay just where they are.”

The Bridgehampton Citarella store Wednesday afternoon. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

The Citarella store in Bridgehampton Wednesday afternoon. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

In the same column in the Post, Keil also reported Citarella, a Manhattan-based gourmet market with local shops in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, was planning to open a Sag Harbor store. Rumors quickly circulated around town that Citarella would be leaving its East Hampton location and taking over the Schiavoni’s Market space on Main Street, which the Schiavoni family has owned and operated out of since 1941.

The owners of Citarella and Schiavoni’s Market confirmed these rumors are also unfounded.

“We are not opening in Sag Harbor,” said Citarella owner Joe Gurrera Wednesday. “Rumors start, no idea where, but we are not opening in Sag Harbor.”

Gurrera confirmed Citarella is not leaving its East Hampton location, as some had speculated, but will in fact open another store on Hampton Road in Southampton this spring.

Schiavoni's Market in Sag Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.

Customers order from the deli at Schiavoni’s Market in Sag Harbor Wednesday afternoon. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

“We’re staying,” Schiavoni’s Market owner Mike Schiavoni said Tuesday. “I have sons involved, everybody’s fourth generation, so no.”

Schiavoni reiterated Schiavoni’s Market is a multi-generational market and he plans to keep it that.

Matt Schiavoni, who shares a great grandfather with Mike, manages the store with his wife, Judy. He said Tuesday there is “no truth” to rumors the family market is leaving Sag Harbor.

Mike is committed to “continuing generational activity at the store” and keeping the market — and the building, which his mother and aunt own — in the family, he said Wednesday.