07/06/15 6:10am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO John Riccobono and his ‘lucky bills’ at the corner table in Bella Vita.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
John Riccobono carries $13 for good luck, a 1976 $2 bill from his mother, a 1959 $10 bill and a 1935 $1 silver certificate ‘that someone gave me as a tip one day.’

When John Riccobono was a child, he learned the best way to judge a pizzeria is with a plain slice.

“It’s called the bend test,” he said. “Make an indent with your finger in the crust and fold it. It’s not supposed to droop down.” The bend test, according to John, reveals at once whether the slice has the right amount of sauce and cheese and the quality of the crust.

Now a 23-year-old manager and owner with his parents of Bella Vita Pizzeria on North Ferry Road, John’s education is one part culinary school, two parts Old School. (more…)

07/06/15 6:05am
Nick DeCillis shows the fly wheel slicer at the soon-to-open Basso in Greenport.

Nick DeCillis shows the fly wheel slicer at the soon-to-open Basso in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Expect a place where you can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy a tray of savory cured meat when Basso Italian market opens its doors in Greenport this Friday.

“It’s old-fashioned cicchetie,” owner Nick DeCillis of Mattituck said while serving up charcuterie during the Greenport Tall Ships festival on Sunday. “But at the same time, it’s a market place. You can buy pasta, olive oil, jarred olives and more.” (more…)

07/06/15 6:02am
Noah's on a Roll on Front Street in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Noah’s on a Roll on Front Street in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Greenport chef Noah Schwartz, who in addition to his eponymous Greenport restaurant owns a food truck, catering business and oversees the wood-fired pizza oven menu at Jamesport Vineyards, has taken over the small eatery next to the Greenport Theatre on Front Street. (more…)

07/05/15 11:25am

Greenport Fire hot sauce

Visitors to this year’s Tall Ships Festival in Greenport were invited to spice up their 4th of July at Greenport Fire’s ‘Death Row’ showcase.

Greenport Fire staffer Lucas Hunt said that ‘Death Row’ is the local cigar and hot sauce shop’s take on the ‘execution station,’ a similar challenge at the New York Hot Sauce Festival.

“We’re here to promote the new super-hot peppers that Greenport Fire is bringing to the community,” he said. (more…)