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Sotto Sopra….A Pleasant Dining Experience…..Greeting Hamptons MouthPiece Readers… Hope all of you are doing well…This has been a very relaxing summer Living Life how I want to live it…not by how other people think you should…Live, Laugh and Love are 3 words that I live by.  I have worked for various Media organizations and recently I worked for an online publication that typically did Food Write-ups.. They would write glowing reviews for any restaurant regardless of how the food tasted because of the fear that if you wrote something negative that restaurant would not spend any advertising dollars with you.
I really do not care and I am not in the business of destroying anyone’s life dream but I also am not in the business of sugar coating the truth. I have taken the stand that I will only write about restaurants that I really liked. I let others bring the negative as I only will bring the positive. If I don’t like it then I won’t talk about it, I want you my readers to know that what I write is my absolutely and VERY honest opinion. You can feel confident that I am speaking from the heart, but realize that this is my opinion and you may think differently.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting a new restaurant in Amagansett called Sotto Sopra…an Italian Cuisine located on MainSotto Sopra Street that once housed Exile Restaurant. My friend Cindy and I dined there on Tuesday, August 14th for dinner. I liked that parking was accessible and that was a welcome. When you walk in the bar is at the front with the doors open, the tables to dine are further back, I liked that the bar is far enough away from the dining area but still close. I also liked that the place is not to spacious, rather intimate, but don’t expect to have a private conversation, tables are a little close to each other. Our hostess greeted us so warm and friendly it immediately made us feel comfortable. We were asked if we would prefer to sit inside of outside, we sat outside because the weather was so pleasant. The lights were slightly dimmed but not to dimmed where you could not see your food and more impressive were the lights on the table for those who really do like a well lit table to see the food.
The outside was like a secret little garden beautifully manicured and so casually fit for a dinner out with the family.  Our waiter was very knowledgeable and quite attentive, but not smothering and that was appreciated. We started with two of the house special appetizers…Sotto Sopra
I had the lump crab on Parmesan toast..drizzled with tarragon white wine butter sauce and Cindy had the chilled Melon soup….I loved the Lump Crab…it was so delectable, I can taste it in my mouth as I am writing at this moment. I personally did not care for the Melon soup but that is because I like hot soup and not chilled soup, but Cindy liked it.Sotto Sopra

For an entree I had the Swordfish and Cindy had the steak. I liked the swordfish it was pan-fried and flaky and very filling…I however LOVED the steak it was so succulent and juicy and I was so envious that Cindy ordered and I had not. I never order steak when I go out to eat because I rarely eat red meat, but I will definitely be back just to order the steak. The waiter came over to remove our finished dishes I think secretly Cindy wanted to clean her plate…OMG it was just that good. Rose Evangelista the owner stopped by to chat with us and tell us some preliminary plans for the Fall and winter season. She told us that the restaurant will be open year-round for dinner during the week and lunch on the weekends. Rose indicated that the restaurant would be hosting a weekly Mah-Jongg dinner. Apparently Mah-Jongg is a new trend played among women…The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles.Sotto Sopra

I look forward to seeing what new and exciting things Rose will bring to the restaurant after the summer. I trust that this will be one of the happening spots in the off season because Rose was so exuberant and her passion is so infectious. Sotto Sopra

We of course had to end the evening with dessert for the full dining experience. Our waiter memorized the dessert menu and I was completely sold on the 21 layer crepe cake which is an Italian dessert and Cindy had the chocolate ice cream with chucks of chocolate. I was so anxious to taste my dessert I drove in before I could take the picture. It was delicious and highly recommended.

Sotto SopraWe had a very nice evening, the food was delicious the service was wonderful and the atmosphere was comfortable. The price range is moderately expensive. I look forward to returning in the Fall, maybe on a Mah-jongg night. I have never played the game and I would like to experience this new trend.
As always, Hamptons Mouthpiece keeping you in the know!

smtot-bloodGreetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers….my goal is to keep you in the know with what’s happening in the Hamptons, new business in the Hamptons, and new products you can find in the Hamptons.  Today I introduce a product to you that you can find in the Hamptons..DIRTY BLONDE Sparkling Wine Cocktails..

When I first heard of the name I could not imagine how they would taste and I admit I was definitely skeptical and somewhat leery to take the plunge and taste. I finally had the opportunity to taste this delicious blended bubbly white wine with effervescent fruit infusions.  Both Kurt and I decided to have a mid-morning cocktail today and we were pleasantly surprised on how good they were. We tasted both the Raspberry Flirtini and the Blood Orange Mimosa…we both preferred the Blood Orange Mimosa, although the Raspberry was good if you like raspberry. These cocktails come in 3 flavors with the last flavor being Peach Passion Bellini. You can choose to drink it with a straw as pictured above, I however prefer my cocktail to be poured in a glass.

This drink is definitely going to be the featured drink at my next Girls Night Out…It’s fun, flirty and yummy. These clear, sleek bottles with simple screw caps are ideal to grab and go. This drink does contain 12% alcohol…so make sure you drink responsible. IMG_0782

You can find Dirty Blonde at any Target store and selected retailers throughout the Hamptons…I was able to find them at Race Lane Liquors..21 Race Lane  East Hampton, (631) 324-4595…..Perfect Hamptons summer Breeze!
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Greetings, Hamptons Mouthpiece readers, Whether you’re driving to the Hamptons from Harlem or you live here full time you really must check out Georgica on Thursday nights for Lobster & Music featuring Paul Mahos & New Life Crisis or Mean Machine. This past Thursday my friends Laura, Minerva, HC and I had dinner there and I wanted to share my experience with you. Do you remember when it was Saracen and it was the place to be for an older demographic to go and party on a Saturday night? A couple of years ago it changed owners and the name was changed to Georgica Restaurant & Lounge.

 When the doors first opened 2 years ago the food was fabulous and the party scene was the place to be on a Saturday night…happy to say that has not changed, Saturday night in the summer is happening.  My friend Laura and I had dinner there and walked away saying the food was absolutely amazing and could not wait to return for another meal unfortunately last year was a bit disappointing the appetizers like the signature “rock shrimp” was delicious but everything else was not as appetizing as it was the year before. I am pleased to announce this year 2012….WOW…my friends and I  were super impressed with the food, it was delicious and we are already planning another girls night out there. Make sure you make reservations I predict this place will be jammed pack every night especially on Thursday nights….

We started our evening with the house Sangaria at the bar…UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS, I think it’s the plums and watermelon that make the difference…highly recommend….then we were seated for dinner and my first compliment goes out to our server…she was warm, friendly, attentive and not over-bearing. We started with appetizers, we ordered the signature dish “Rock Shrimp”, Scallops, Lobster Riscotto and Tuna Tartare….Everything was divine and I always gage how the rest of the meal is going to be based on the appetizers. They did not disappoint. Our 2nd course we decided to all order the Surf and Turf special for the evening….3 of us ordered just the SURF and Laura ordered the SURF & TURF….

The course  started with either a Loster bisque or the House Salad….I had the soup and I was so impressed, they brought out a bowl with the lobster and then proceeded to pour in the broth….WOW it was heavenly…The ladies had the House salad, it was very fresh and enjoyable….take a look. The lobster was succulent, mouthwatering  and steamed to perfection, the butter sauce was very light and pleasant, the French fries were AMAZING…skinny fries were well-seasoned with added Parmesan Cheese was the topping on the cake…..Laura said her steak was tender and savory.

We were all so full we could hardly move, but I did want to have the entire experience so I ordered the Blueberry Cheesecake for dessert and we all shared. It was detectable, it really did not taste like cheesecake. It was very light, included fresh blueberries and it literally melted in your mouth. I love cheesecake that is not heavy and does not leave a bitter taste in your mouth and this ranks on the top of my list for best desserts in the Hamptons…

The evening was complete because I was with 3 of my best friends and New life Crisis was the entertainment for the evening. I love this band they sing everything… Hamptons Mouthpiece readers I had a very enjoyable evening at Georgica and I highly recommend this place be on your list of places to eat this summer. I place them in the moderately expensive category but definitely worthy of the price…Hope to see you there one Thursday evening….I think I might be back celebrating my birthday there on July 26th….

As always Hamptons MouthPiece keeping you in the know!!! Take a listen to New Life Crisis…

2012 Annual Chefs and Champagne in the Hamptons..Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers...I am excited to bring you this information that you may or may not be aware of the “James Beard Foundation Annual Chefs & Champagne”  at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, N.Y.  This annual culinary fundraiser in the Hamptons features flowing Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and delicious tastings from a select group of more than 30 fine chefs, several from JBF Award-winning restaurants. On Saturday, July 21, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) will honor multiple award-winning TV personality and cookbook author Ted Allen and the judges of Food Network’s Chopped who include Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sanchez, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakaria.chef1
Chefs & Champagne® New York is considered the East End’s premiere culinary event. Funds raised at the event will help to support the James Beard Foundation’s mission and programs. A silent auction consisting of fine dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware and culinary travel packages will also raise funds for the culinary arts organization. The 2012 recipient of the Christian Wölffer Scholarship for wine and food studies will also be announced.
Saturday, July 21, 2012**6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (followed by VIP Afterparty)
VIP Experience  5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wölffer Estate Vineyard*139 Sagg Road* Sagaponack, NY 11962
Call for Reservations…General Admission ranges from $200-$275 & VIP $375
General admission includes: all tastings, silent auction bidding opportunities, and gift bag.
The VIP experience includes exclusive reception with early access to all tastings; advanced silent auction preview; reserved table seating; access to VIP after-party (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm); and a gift bag.
*For reservations and more information, please contact the James Beard Foundation at (212) 627-2308. Visa Signature® is the preferred card of the James Beard Foundation.
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These are the participating Chef’s that will be at the event…I am excited that the chef from Red Rooster in Harlem will be here in the Hamptons…I LOVE this restaurant…
Chefs:  Christopher Agnew, Caviar Russe, NYC; Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC; Pastry Chef Marc Aumont, The Modern, NYC; Timon Balloo, Sugarcane, Miami, FL; Jonathan Benno,  Lincoln Ristorante, NYC; David Bouley**, Bouley Restaurant, NYC;  Pastry Chef Heather Carlucci, Print, NYC; Pastry Chef David Carmichael, Gilt, NYC; Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, NYC; Jeremy Culver, Fulton, NY;  Todd English**, The Todd English Food Hall, NYC; Todd Gray, Equinox Restaurant, Washington, D.C.; Robert Gurvich, Alison Eighteen, NYC; Chris Hastings**, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL; Gerry Hayden and Pastry Chef Claudia Fleming**, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY; Luke Holden, Luke’s Lobster, NYC; Marcus Jernmark, Aquavit, NYC; Laurent Kalkotour, DB Bistro Moderne, NYC; Larry Kolar, Solé East, Montauk, NY; Christopher Lee**, Huntington Social, Huntington, NY;  Aliya LeeKong, Junoon, NYC; Andrew Matthews, BLT Prime, NYC; Jeremy McMillan,  Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY; Jehangir Mehta, Mehtaphor, NYC; Gretchen Menser, Fresno, East Hampton, NY; Seamus Mullen, Tertulia, NYC; Mads Refslund, Acme, NYC; Marcus Samuelsson**, Red Rooster Harlem, NYC;  Richard Sandoval, Raymi, NYC; Chris Santos, Beauty & Essex, NYC; Tim Sullivan, Great Performances, NYC; Pastry Chef Meredith Tomason, Craft, NYC; Steve Topple, Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Vail, CO; Michael  Weisshaupt, Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ;  Simpson Wong,  Wong, NYC
About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices.
Is your mouth watering yet Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…I know my mouth is watering and my stomach is grumbling, just the thought of all these fantastic chefs in one place ….WOW and for such a great cause.

UPDATE 2015: Nichols Restaurant is closed..Updates coming soon!

UPDATE 2014….3 Burger places have been removed from this list for several reasons: this list was originally published in 2012, Barristers my favorite Burger place in the Hamptons closed in 2013, Madison & Main (Sag Harbor) closed their doors 12/2013. I will be on the search for 3 more places in the Hamptons that make the BEST burgers….
Best Burgers in the Hamptons….Who doesn’t love a list…when you are searching for things on the Internet, you might type in search BEST THIS or BEST THAT…..So with that in mind this year every week I will be posting about the Best Restaurants, Best burgers, Best Lobster Rolls, Best Drinks, Best beaches, Best shopping, best movies…BEST, BEST, BEST in the Hamptons…

Top 10 Restaurants in the Hamptons who make the Best Burgers in the Hamptons..no particular order
  1. Southampton Publick House: Southampton
  2.  Rowdy Hall: East Hampton
  3. East Hampton Grill: East Hampton
  4. 1770 House: East Hampton
  5. Corner Bar: Sag Harbor
  6. Big Bity Burger: WestHampton Beach

 

My personal favorite was Barristers in Southampton…I loved the burgers here, and when you order make sure you get the sautéed onions and cheddar cheese….mmmmmmm DELICIOUS! Who will take their place as my all time favorite NUMBER#1 Burger Place in the Hamptons. 
As always, Hamptons Mouthpiece keeping you in the know with the Hamptons Best!!!