Chef Brian Arbesfeld has stepped in as the new executive chef of Mattituck’s popular aMano restaurant. The longtime chef says he plans to bring the 11-year-old North Fork restaurant back to what he describes as “its true roots.”
A Long Island native, Brian owned the Focaccia Grill in Wantagh for many years. After stellar reviews from The New York Times and Zagat, customers would wait months for a weekend reservation, he said. He has been an integral part of the local restaurant scene since moving to the North Fork several years back.
“I’ve submersed my entire life in this business,” said Brian of his 40-year culinary career.
Food can be trendy. So, Brian describes staying true to culinary roots as a careful balance aimed at melding Old World and New World tastes.
At aMano, he is working with owners Tom Schaudel and Adam Lovett. Opened in 2008, the Mattituck restaurant has been a steadfast go-to for locals and visitors alike. The trio are planning a few updates to the menu and to the dining room.
aMano offers rustic Italian with hearty pasta dishes, seafood, salads and unique specialty pies from their pizza oven. The dinner menu features duck, fish, risotto, steak and homemade traditional ‘Sunday sauce’ with pork ragu. And, so much more.
“I don’t buy anything that I can make myself,” Brian said, noting his homemade lobster ravioli, soups, focaccia, and desserts as some examples. Above all, the chef wants an authentic dining experience for his guests, one that brings his experience to their plates. “The menu is the chef speaking to you,” he said.
And when the North Fork restaurant re-opens, you can still find their popular weekly dining deals. These include half-price pizza night and a three course prix-fixe loaded with options. Also, a new brunch menu is on the way. https://www.amanorestaurant.com/
A Lure, Southold
aMano’s sister restaurant A Lure in Southold will open for the season in early March. Tom Schaudel and Adam Lovett likewise own this waterfront seafood restaurant at Port of Egypt.