Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor and Southampton has special menus for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve along with a take-home brunch for Christmas Day.
For Christmas Eve, the $105 set menu features a seafood salad or Christmas salad with kale, scallops, pomegranates, and dried fruit. The second-course choices are a housemade pasta with lobster, shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels, and tomatoes; branzino with grape tomatoes and brussels sprouts, or leg of lamb with roasted beets, baby carrots, and stuffed potatoes. Dessert is a choice of panettone or chocolate lava cake. Those items as well as the regular menu can also be ordered a la carte.
Christmas brunch, which serves six and costs $295, has a choice of Bellinis or Bloody Marys, and then a savory spread of salmon with whipped ricotta and potato chips; a warm artichoke and Parmesan spread with crostini; a selection of cured meats and marinated olives; a frittata with organic mushrooms and provolone; deviled eggs with truffle aioli, and fresh vegetables with a garbanzo and roasted pepper spread. Sweet treats are panettone with chocolate sauce and apple crostata.
For New Year's Eve, the restaurants are only offering a set menu for $120. It starts with a choice of a lobster, cured salmon, and caviar sauce appetizer or a salad of greens, sea scallops, dried fruit, pomegranate, and black truffle dressing. Second-course choices are ravioli with a cacio e pepe filling with leg of lamb and black winter truffles; branzino with red prawns, artichokes, black olive puree, and Peruvian potatoes, and filet of beef with butternut squash gratin, local mushrooms, and a wine sauce. Dessert is either panettone or a ricotta cake with candied fruit and a pistachio almond crust.
Seating availability varies for each restaurant. Reservations can be made on the website for both sites and full menus are there as well. The Christmas brunch must be ordered by emailing [email protected].
Other Holiday Options
Those hungry for a taco, thirsty for a margarita, and itching to put on their ugly Christmas sweaters have the option Thursday for all three at K Pasa, which will have its annual ugly sweater party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be a small bites menu, holiday cocktails, dancing, and a prize for ugliest sweater of them all.
Carissa's Bakery has special layer cakes, a flourless buche de Noel, gingerbread tarts, stollen, and Parker House rolls ready for the holidays. With 48-hour notice, Paramount osetra and kaluga hybrid caviar are available from its pantry in East Hampton.
Luigi's Italian Specialties in East Hampton has a special holiday catering menu for orders placed two days in advance. The menu features dishes such as baked clams, gorgonzola salad, mozzarella balls, several pasta dishes, chicken Francese, Marsala, Piccata, or Parmigiana, and eggplant parm and rollatini. There are also focaccia sandwich platters and heroes. Prices begin at $30 for a half tray of garlic knots and rise up to $130 for a full tray of the chicken dishes, about 18 to 20 pieces. For further information call 631-329-0558 or visit the store.
Readers who find themselves on the western end of our region or who are up for a bit of trek Friday or Saturday can strike out for Riverhead and the traditional feast of seven fishes being served at Insatiable Eats. A $59 set menu includes a baby lobster, lobster bisque, a fritto misto of calamari, cod, and stuffed mussels, a risotto di mare, a lemon sorbet intermezzo, and a main course choice of grilled swordfish or red snapper with Mediterranean couscous, and dessert. The meal is being served from 4 to 8 p.m. The price does not include tax and tip. There is also an a la carte menu to go. Reservations can be made at 631-726-4444.
The Canoe Place Inn on the Shinnecock Canal will have a limited a la carte menu for Christmas Eve with some specials and will serve its regular menu on Christmas Day from noon until 8 p.m. The restaurant will have a five-course menu on New Year's Eve with live jazz and "some holiday surprises." Reservations are required by calling 631-763-6300 or emailing [email protected]. On New Year's Day there is a "hangover brunch" with a buffet and bottomless beverages in the Good Ground Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
What's Brewing in Sagg?
The Springs Brewery will "pop up" at Marilee's Farm Stand in Sagaponack on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Along with the stand's vegetable cellar sale, the brewery will bring its full lineup of available beers and offer special deals and packages. Gift cards and glasses will also be for sale. Orders can be placed ahead of time via the website and picked up at the stand.