Claudio’s Keeping It in the Family

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Isn’t this a pretty picture? I sure wish I took it but I didn’t; it’s the landscape image from Claudio’s FB page. Well done. 

Looks like the Claudio family is going to give it at least one more summer season after all. According to reports, what had been an imminent sale of the oldest same-family-run restaurant in the United States fell through earlier this month. But instead of throwing in the towel or letting their landmark Greenport eatery sit vacant, the Claudio gang (which includes Bill, Jerry and Jan Claudio, and Kathy and Beatrice Tuthill) is ready to re-up and reopen their namesake restaurant in early April.

During its annual opening party, which will be held on Friday, April 7, the 147-year-old restaurant will serve $1.47 glasses of wine and beer. As for the other fooderies in the family business, Claudio’s Clam Bar will open on April 27 and Crabby Jerry’s will serve its first customers of the season on May 25. Read more about it in the Northforker, which broke the story two days after this post appeared on March 14 on Facebook:

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And be sure to head to Claudio’s Facebook page to keep abreast of all the latest happenings.


East End Entertainment News


Aaron Paul’s Hulu series, “The Path,” has been filming all over the East End as of late. According to published reports, the show, which also stars Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, was set to shoot in Sag Harbor yesterday. I haven’t seen it myself yet but have read reports that a film crew has been spotted out and about. Series stars were spotted on Front Street, Carpenter Street and inside Claudio’s restaurant in Greenport on Monday. They had previously filmed in Westhampton Beach in August.

The plot of the show, which started streaming in March of this past year, focuses on a man who decides to join an unknown and mysterious cult, the Meyerist Movement, in upstate New York. The season two premiere will stream in early 2017.


In other entertainment-type news, Amagansett resident Scarlett Johansson is also filming a movie out east. It’s called “Rock That Body” and it’s also starting Kate McKinnon, Demi Moore, Ty Burrell and Zoe Kravitz.


Definitely not a drama, it’s about a male stripper ends up dead at a beach house during a bachelorette party weekend. The comedy is shooting in Southampton, made to look like Miami.

Turnabout is fair play. If I’ve got a bikini photo of Scarlett Johansson, then I should also run one of Ty Burrell. Right?  : )


And renowned Swedish artist Jacob Felländer, co-owner of c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, isn’t an actor but his work–three large-scale, kaleidoscopic photographs–is being featured in a film staring Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway. The pictures hang in the home shared by Cage and Gershon, who play a husband and wife in the movie. It’s called “Inconceivable”( which always makes me think of Wallace Shawn in that scene from “The Princess Bride but I digress) and it’s set for release in 2017.







Claudio’s Is Open & Ready to (Lobster) Roll

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Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport is officially back and open for the season. No reported word yet on the (new?) ownership but it looks like full steam ahead for this perennial summertime favorite. Also, did you know that the home of the award-winning lobster roll has a live rooftop camera? Cool. I don’t know why but I’m a sucker for these nifty gadgets. Here’s the link.

Can’t wait to pop in for a bite to eat? The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (approximate and depending on the weather) every day except Wednesday. Want to get even closer to the action? Looks like Claudio’s is hiring bartenders, waitstaff, a floor manager and a GM.

Feeling peckish? Here are the menus.

Claudio’s in Greenport Looks to the Future


Claudio’s Restaurant recently posted this image on social media with the caption “Soon enough, fans. Soon enough.”

Still no official word yet (at least that I’ve seen) about the reported upcoming closing date for the sale of Claudio’s Waterfront Restaurants, including Claudio’s, Claudio’s Clam Bar and Crabby Jerry’s in Greenport since my post five days ago. Crickets.

The restaurant’s social media sites are active and seem to be pointing to the future. Posts on Facebook and Twitter include these messages and images about Valentine’s Day and summertime lobster rolls.

So interesting. I’m on the edge of my seat.


Claudio’s Restaurant recently posted this image on social media with the caption “What will you for your lobster this Valentine’s Day? There’s always a gift card for the 2016 season.”





Greenport Named ‘Most Charming’


Greenport seems to everywhere lately.

Many of us who live on the East End are already quite aware of the charms of the quaint waterside village. But now, the website has named it one of the “10 of the Most Charming Small Towns” in New York.

Coming in at number five, Greenport is hailed as a place that will “ease your mind with its relaxing air filled with the smell of salt.”

The other “Charming” spots include: Aurora, Cold Spring, Cooperstown, Lake Placid, Woodstock, Skaneateles, Saranac Lake, Westfield and Canandaigua. No Hamptons villages or hamlets made the list. The authors of the website probably didn’t want to brave our summer traffic.  : )




A Claudio’s Closing


Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1870 and recognized as the longest continuously-family owned  restaurant in the United States, has been sold, according to a news story posted by  Southold Local yesterday. The legendary Greenport Village  harborfront eatery, which is currently closed for the season, is in contract and the sale is expected to close in mid-February, says the report.

No word from the Claudio family yet on the official website, though the restaurant posted this on Twitter yesterday.

Back in October,  The Suffolk Times broke the news that restaurateur Michael Barrett– who Hamptons residents might know by his association with  Montauk’s Shagwong and Harlow East in Sag Harbor–had applied for a liquor license for the Claudio’s property. This year would mark the 146th season for the landmark seafood eatery.

Here’s my latest Post update — January 23.  –HPG


A Fond Farewell to Greenport’s Trailblazing Cuvée Bistro & Bar


I’m sad to report that Cuvée Bistro & Bar is closing its doors after 15 years of business in Greenport. The popular and groundbreaking boîte, located at 326 Front Street, will bid its final farewell on Monday, September 7.

The beloved restaurant will be closing due to a family health issue, according to owner Deborah Pittorino. Her husband, Bill Pittorino, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer, resulting in numerous surgeries and myriad treatments. Please join me in sending out positive thoughts to the family as Bill undergoes a new round of chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering and as he continues to seek other treatment options.


Those involved and interested in the local food scene know that Deborah, one of the first highly successful female chefs in the area, is also a pioneer in the North Fork farm-to-table and sustainability movement. She and her staff have also been instrumental in establishing the East End as a destination wine region.

The Pittorinos extend a most heartfelt thank you to their partner vineyards, especially Richard Olsen and the team at Bedell Cellars and Joann D’Angelo and the Petrocelli family at Raphael Vineyards, who supported them so fervently throughout the years. In addition, they are extremely grateful to all of the local friends who celebrated so many special moments and to residents like Jane Ratsey Williams whose advice and support for their concept helped them make the dream a reality. A special thanks to farm stands County View, Sep’s and Lathams as well as to oyster farmer Karen Rivera at Peconic Pearls along with the many other vendors with whom they worked over the years.


“Owning and operating the restaurant in this community has been an incredible experience in a place where we not only built our business but also developed the most wonderful friendships,” says Deborah. “Over the years we have watched our customers get married, have children, build businesses, celebrate anniversaries, birthdays and so many other celebrations. We do still hope to celebrate with our community for years to come. I’m filled with infinite gratitude for these special friendships and value them even more at this time.”

As Cuvée Bistro & Bar shutters, the hotel will remain open and all key employees will remain in place. Both Deborah and Bill Pittorino wish to thank the community for their friendship, patronage, love and support.

Learn more at or call (631) 477-0066 for reservations now through Monday, September 7.