All images courtesy of The Patio.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Anyone who knows Italian food knows that there’s one dish to measure the quality of a restaurant’s pasta: cacio e pepe. When we tried the “cach e pep” (as we pronounce it) at The Patio in Westhampton Beach, we were stunned. We thought we were back in Little Italy, or up in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue. But no, we were in Westhampton, and we didn’t have to worry about where we parked the car.
Helmed in the kitchen by Chef Pietro Bottero (of former Annona fame), The Patio serves up some of the best nouveau Italian on the east end. The menu and the vibe of the place are both energetic and alive, a perfect way to start a night out out east. We’d recommend starting with the zucchini and lemon chips, either as a bar snack while you wait for a table, or as the opener to a meal. For mains, find a friend and split the filet mignon (in a peppercorn sauce we’d kill for) and the mushroom risotto.
Pro tip: the strawberry gimlet, made with house infused vodka.
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