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.


Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23

Goodbye sizzling summer. Sniff sniff. Hello awesome autumn.

I guess it’s officially fall. But that doesn’t mean that we have to hunker down and start hibernating. To the contrary, it’s time to get out there and enjoy life. So let’s soak up all the fun we can before (what’s been predicted to be a) brutal winter.


Baron’s Cove is hosting an Octoberfest celebration on Saturday. Photo by Doug Young

Like beer, food and good times? Head over to Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, which is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 22, from noon to 5 p.m. Expect German-style treats such as pretzels, sauerkraut, bratwurst and Steckerlfisch, and lotsa tap offerings too. Plus live music with Tom and Lisa starting at 2 p.m.



Later on Saturday, check out Halsey House in Southampton by candlelight from 4 to 5 p.m. Tours run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy cider and cookies before or after your tour.



And on Sunday, October 23, head up to the North Fork for a very special Sunday Supper at Sep’s Farm in East Marion from 1 to 3 p.m. The farm-to-table culinary event, which will be held in a restored barn on the farm (COOL!), will serve as a fundraiser for the Cormaria Retreat House in Sag Harbor. The shindig is being put on by chef and TV personality George Hirsch and our ol’ pal Alex Goetzfried—chef, food writer and photographer extraordinaire. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and that includes everything but the wine and beer. Yeehaw! Get your tickets here.  Or get the 411 by emailing


Hamptons Make Another Best List


Congratulations to the villages and hamlets of the East End, which already routinely make Best Of lists for beaches, newspapers and addresses. Now we can add another collective feather to our caps, this time for making the Best Places to Teach in New York list.

According to, five of our South Fork schools, and three on the North Fork, made the cut, determined by: teacher salary, experience, attendance, and the district’s academic, safety, and resources grade. Other ranking factors included: Academics, Teachers, Clubs and Activities, Diversity, Outcomes and Health & Safety. Warning: Some of the rankings seem almost as baffling as new math,  as there are many lists and factors involved in the overall grade, but hopefully those of us who aren’t Millennials will still be able to grasp the concepts.

Coming in at #25 (out of 583 schools) was Sag Harbor, which received an overall grade of A and also placed #77 in Best School Districts in New York (out of 669 districts) and #66 in the Best Academics (out of 548 districts) in New York.

Westhampton Beach and East Hampton followed right after, earning the #27 (A+) and #28 (A) spots. Westhampton stood out for Districts with the Best Facilities (#2 out of 523), Districts with the Best Food (#9 out of 499) and Districts with the Best Extracurriculars (#16 out of 462). East Hampton placed in the Best Facilities (#29 out of 523) and College Readiness Ranking (34 out of 544).

Southold made the list at #40, earning a B. The Nork Fork school also ranked #46 in Safest School Districts (out of 476). Shelter Island came in at #46, earning a B.

Bridgehampton hit the middle of the list at number 55, earning a B+ grade. Southampton came in at #63, yet was named #47 in the Best School Districts poll, #15 in Best Facilities (out of 523) and #30 in Most Diverse, earning an A overall.

Rounding out the list was the Mattituck/Cutchogue School District, which placed hot on the heels of Southampton at number 66 and earned an A overall. The Nork Fork school placed high on the Safest list (#13 out of 476), Best Administration (#19 out of 429) and Best School Districts (#67 out of 669).

To see the full rankings, click here.




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.

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 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.


Neighbor to the North Has Historic Roots

Dawn Watson photo.

Dawn Watson photo.

Greenport’s own Claudio’s, a National Historic Landmark that first opened in1870, was just featured in a USA Today story on the country’s oldest dining establishments. Good for them.

Fun fact: Claudio’s, more than 140 years old, has been recognized as the oldest continuous same-family-owned restaurant in the United States, according to Bill Claudio.

To see the USA Today feature and restaurant slide show, click here:

For some more fun facts about Claudio’s, visit the restaurant’s website at: