Nick & Toni’s

I like anything roasted or grilled over a wood fire and Nick & Toni’s has taken that kind of cooking to a new level. Despite its reputation as a celebrity favorite, there is no pretension here, this restaurant is really about the food.

The décor is crisp and clean, white walls and tablecloths, oak and cane chairs. Color is introduced in the artwork and the flowers. The burning wood oven aroma is intoxicating and a portent of wonderful flavors to come.

Nice pasta selection including a wonderful Hand Cut Tagliatelli with Spring Lamb Ragu, Fava Beans and Percorino Romano. As an entrée, order anything cooked over the natural wood fire like the roasted whole fish or the incredibly satisfying wood roasted free range chicken with roasted potatoes, pancetta, garlic and rosemary. Paired with a Pecorino Fattoria La Valentina, a crisp Italian white, this was a fantastic meal.

There are three comfortable rooms in which to dine, the bar area which centers the restaurant and two side rooms. There is also a delightful patio available in the good weather. Table #10 in the bay window, table #29 in the bar area and table #6 are the most romantic in my view.

There are about a dozen wines by the glass ranging and a nice selection of half bottles. The wine list is excellent with choices from all over the world.  Pricing is a bit on the expensive side, but there are still plenty of choices under $75.

Keep your eyes peeled because you are very likely to see someone famous….or at least someone from Page Six


“A popular landing pad for celebrities and the see-and-be-seen crowd, this trendy, farmhouse-style East Hampton icon turns out brilliant Italian-Med fare that’s the real star, featuring local produce and top-notch dishes from a wood-burning oven, plus an exceptional wine list; gracious staffers are poised to deliver dishes priced for the rich and famous, provided you get past the reservation desk.” ZAGAT