BRUNCH WITH SANTA:
Santas spending time at Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St.,
Huntington 631-385-8486 www.porto-vivo.com) this month, meeting
and greeting children during the restaurants Sunday
brunch. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy
to Santa, who will deliver the gifts to children at Huntington
Hospitals Dolan Family Health Center. Brunch begins
at 10:30 a.m. Santa is there between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The
regular brunch menu is offered as well as a two-course, $17
prix fixe. Children 8 and under eat free from the childrens
OLD FIELDS IS NEW: After extensive renovation, Old
Fields Inn (85 Broadway, Greenlawn 631-754-8968) has reopened
as Old Fields Restaurant under new owners Christine
and David Tunney. A Greenlawn institution since 1956, Old
Fields Inn was purchased earlier this year by Tunney, who,
with his brother John, owns and operates Honu and several
Besito Mexican restaurant locations. David Tunney promises
Old Fields is still the place for steaks, and offers what
he says is the best burger in town. Designed to be family
friendly, nothing on the menu is over $20.
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Enjoy live jazz with some of the
areas finest dining at Grassos (134 Main St.,
Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-6060 www.grassosrestaurant
.com). This Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Akiko Tsuruga Trio (organ,
guitar and bass) performs; on Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Grassos
welcomes the Jerry Weldon Trio (tenor sax, piano and bass).
Its jazz the way it was meant to be enjoyed. A bar menu
is available, or get the full Grassos experience at
REGIONS OF ITALY: Piccolo Mondo (1870 E. Jericho Turnpike.,
Huntington 631-462-0718 www.piccolomondoli.com) continues
its tour of regions of Italy with a stop in Venezia Dec. 17.
Each week, Piccolo Mondo introduces diners to a region of
Italy with a five-course menu of specialties from that region.
The $34.95 prix fixe includes two glasses of wine. Check out
the website for each weeks menu. Mangia!
LIKE BUTTER: If mozzarella di bufala
is one of your must-have menu items, then youll love
burrata, the newest addition to the menu at Jonathans
Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055 www.jonathansristorante.com).
In Italian, burrata literally means buttered,
and this Italian cheese is literally like butter.
It consists of an outer shell of mozzarella, tied like a sack
around a rich inner filling of mozzarella and cream that spills
out when the cheese is cut. Jonathans serves it over
grape tomato halves with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked pepper
and a sprig of fresh basil. Flown in direct from Italy, youll
find it on the specials menu at Jonathans each week.
Its like a $12 trip to an Italian farm.
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