By The Foodies
The opening of Danyell’s Kitchen at 225 Main St. in Northport Village marks the conclusion of a slow, steady evolution charted by restaurateur Danyell Miller.
She bought Campari Ristorante in February 2011, which began as a traditional Italian American restaurant with an eye for art, which hangs throughout the cozy dining room.
Then, in late November 2013, she shifted gears from traditional Italian to fresh Mediterranean fare drawing inspiration from not only Italy, but also Spain, France, Belgium, Turkey and Morocco.
Now, the pizza counter is closed and in a couple of weeks’ time, the full transformation into Danyell’s Kitchen, which will boast seasonally-appropriate, farm-to-table menus that change weekly based on what’s available, will be complete when the new signs go up.
In the meantime, she added the wrinkle of live world music to the mix and continues to strongly emphasize the arts in the dining experience. This winter and spring, she’s teamed up with Sweet Spot organizer Toby Tobias to host his live music series through the end of April, with another series set to run every Saturday through the summer. Seating begins at 8 p.m.; a tapas menu and a ticket are $25; three-course dinner, a drink and a ticket are $50 p.p.
“It’s been great,” Danyell said of the partnership.
Each week has boasted a specially tailored menu matching the part of the world each performer draws inspiration from. And, with the Sweet Spot and Tobias’ ear for world music, that means drawing cuisine from around the globe.
An Indian-inspired menu, paired with a performance by the Premik Russell Tubbs Indian fusion trio, was particularly well received, Danyell said. The restaurant’s art curator, Anu Anaam, lent a helping hand for the popular cuisine.
In addition to the new menu and performances, craft beers will be extensively highlighted; right now, brews from Blind Bat Brewery, brewed by Centerport’s Paul Dlugokencky, is being served; ultimately, they’re hoping to have as many as four craft taps running.
The hope is to grow musical performance further at the restaurant by building close ties with Northport High School, which boasts an array of performing arts groups. Oracle Dog, a band comprised of Northport High School students, performed Saturday during an off week for the Sweet Spot series.
225 Main Street, Northport