News for Foodies: 12.12.13

Local Food News

Chicchetti Menu
    Taking a page from Italian wine bars, Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has added a list of small dishes, or “chichetti” in Italian, to its menu. The items include crispy chickpeas, house-cured duck prosciutto served with caramelized pearl onion, local cauliflower fritti, and fried foie gras ravioli with truffle oil, among others. Nick and Toni’s is now serving dinner Wednesday through Monday.

    On Thursdays at Nick and Toni’s, the bottomless glass wine special, available at the bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m., features continuous pours of selected wines for $25. The special will not be offered during holiday weeks.

Open House
    The Loaves and Fishes Cookshop will have an open house all day on Saturday at its Bridgehampton Main Street storefront. There will be treats to sample, a warm beverage to sip, and a lottery for store discounts.

Holiday Plans
    Those forming holiday plans for dinners out can put Almond on the list of places serving a special dinner on Christmas Eve.

    On Dec. 24, the Bridgehampton eat­ery will present its 13th annual roast suckling pig extravaganza, featuring the main dish served with cabbage, cara­melized apples, and spaetzle for $31. A portion of the proceeds from dinners served that night will be donated to the Pajama Program, a charity that provides new warm pajamas and storybooks to children in need in the United States and throughout the world. Almond will be closed on Christmas Day.

    The Living Room restaurant in East Hampton is planning holiday meals for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Three courses on the a la carte menu will feature choices for starters such as Peconic Pride oysters, classic gravlax, a herring plate, or country pate, followed by entrée choices including cod with horseradish and winter kale, whole roast beef tenderloin Provencale, crispy slow-cooked pork belly, flounder meuniere, grilled Arctic char, and herb-marinated rack of lamb. The dessert list includes gingerbread cake, bread pudding, grilled apricot compote, chocolate ganache, and a trio combo.

    Service will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 25.

For the Manly
    Fresh restaurant in Bridgehampton is hosting Manly Mondays each week from 8 to 10 p.m. at its bar, when the TV will be tuned to Monday Night Football. A dinner special featuring a New York State grass-fed beef burger or a grilled veggie burger, served with a Blue Point draft beer or a glass of house wine, will be $10.