May 08, 2013 | by Cait Rohan | At Home
An example of Harmonia Inc.'s handiwork.
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April 29, 2013 | East End Eats
Famed East End eatery Nick and Toni's has undergone a major makeover in honor of its 25th anniversary. We spoke with co-owner Mark Smith about what patrons can expect from the revamped interior and menu.
What are the major changes that longtime diners will notice at the “new” Nick and Toni’s?
MARK SMITH: The layout has remained the same and that is about it. The entryway is completely new. The middle and back dining rooms now have banquettes. The bar area is completely new and we added four new bar tables. All the lighting fixtures are new. All of the new tables are made from black walnut.
What have you added to the menu?
MS: Since our reopening we rolled out some new dishes: grilled sardines with romesco and charred scallions; fritto misto di terra [with] pork belly, chicken liver, sweetbreads, shiitakes, and rosemary aioli; hand-cut tagliatelle with lamb ragu and mint ricotta; wood roasted Gardiner’s Bay striped bass with seared artichokes, lemon, and capers; and zuppa di pesce with monkfish, mussels, rock shrimp and Meyer lemon compote.
With so many hot spots coming and going, what do you think it is about Nick and Toni's that makes it endure?
MS: I think it's a combination of the food, the service, and making our customers feel welcome, as well of course there is that un-definable element that all restaurants that endure for many years possess—sort of like umami.
What are you most looking forward to this summer season?
MS: A safe and prosperous season with good weather.
April 15, 2013 | Real Estate
Episode two of "The Experts," a new real estate and home design series by Hamptons magazine and WVVH TV.