It’s sweater weather, and nothing says cozy from the inside out like comfort food – and in New York that means pasta! From the tantalizingly hearty rigatoni to the sumptuous flavors of the sea, we present our five favorite pastas in the Hamptons.
'Rigatoni' - Tutto il Giorno, Sag Harbor & Southampton
No matter which of the multiple enchanting locations you select from Tutto il Giorno's enchanting portfolio, you are destined for an exquisite dining experience. Immerse yourself in an intimate, authentically Italian ambiance, where unassuming yet profoundly flavorful dishes await – especially their artisanal organic pasta that is imported directly from Gragnano in Italy. While each pasta is divine, the Rigatoni (pictured in header) is a true must-order. A mix of veal and beef in a slightly spicy, slightly creamy tomato sauce means everything you want in a pasta dish is in the bowl in front of you – until it’s gone before you know it!
'Linguine alle Vongole' - Dopo Il Ponte, Bridgehampton & Dopo Argento, Southampton
Dopo il Ponte brings a delightful Italian essence to the Hamptons' culinary landscape, where you'll find upscale Italian-American classics and a bounty of fresh seafood, all set against a warm and welcoming backdrop. Complementing their offerings is an extensive and splendid wine list, and perfectly crafted pasta. At the top of our list is everyone’s favorite seafood classic, Linguine alle Vongole. Fresh clams, fresh parsley, and perfectly cooked linguine coated in white wine and garlic sauce – close your eyes and you’re back on the beach in the middle of summer!
'Lobster Garganelli' - Bell & Anchor, Sag Harbor
While it might not be strictly Italian, Bell & Anchor will forever be one of our favorite places for fantastic food, fresh local ingredients, and fabulous ambiance. And the “Old School” Lobster Garganelli is reason enough to go in and of itself. Creamy and comforting, upgraded with exotic saffron and of course luxurious lobster, this is another delicious pasta dish in the Hamptons you just won’t want to share!
'Bucatini Cacio e Pepe' - il Buco al Mare, Amagansett
Il Buco al Mare celebrates the essence of simplicity, presenting a relaxed menu that spotlights seasonal, locally-sourced seafood and other premium ingredients in a way that is authentically Italian. What’s special about pasta at this summer hotspot is that there is no pasta… during summer! It’s reserved for the off-season menu, and oh what a treat it is. You simply can’t go wrong with the Roman classic of Cacio e Pepe, but Il Buco knows how to do it especially right by elevating the dish with perfectly cooked Bucatini pasta. Creamy, chewy, and with the bite of pepper, you couldn’t ask for anything more – except another serving!
'Spaghetti al Granchio' - Sant Ambroeus, Southampton & East Hampton
Discover an ambiance of Italian elegance at Sant Ambroeus, where a menu of refined culinary treasures awaits. With offerings that span from delectable paninis to luscious gelato and invigorating espresso, we could not be more excited about the new addition of the East Hampton location on Newtown Lane as one more place to indulge in the Spaghetti al Granchio. Perfectly balancing light with comforting, and land with sea, the confit garlic and cherry tomatoes pair perfectly with delectable Peekytoe crab. You might not know if you are on the East End or on the Italian Peninsula, but with every bite you’ll know you are right where you are supposed to be!