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Dinner for Two

VALENTINE’S DAY AT STELLA TRATTORIA & BAR

    “I walked into the restaurant and I immediately fell in love."

Since opening Stella Trattoria & Bar in Blue Point in 2016, owner Jack Martino says he does all that he can to see to it that his customers fall in love with his venue as well. 

This Valentine's Day you could cozy up with your love, in one of the venue's banquettes. There's a grand piano in the main dining area where you'll be serenaded by a local pianist. You may also enjoy your meal, in front of the fireplace, with a bottle of wine, off the expansive list that Stella offers. 

    "Stella was designed to bring a class of people that enjoy life.

Martino says the foundation of his menu began in 1970- half a century ago- with recipes from his mother's kitchen, back in Sicily. It includes Italian classics such as veal sorrentino & penne alla vodka as well as sexier dishes like Seafood Lovers Special, that includes sautéed clams, shrimps, mussels, calamari, scungilli in a robust marinara or fra diavolo over linguine.  Stella will also have a Prix Fixe menu for Valentine's Day.  That menu was still being created at press time.

    "We are the restaurant of today that offers the old world recipes with a modern flair/flare," says Martino.

You and yours could also dine, or enjoy drinks, at the bar that is stocked with a 16 bottle Cruvinet wine dispenser, temperature controlled system, designed to keep wines as fresh as they day they were uncorked.

    "During the process of building restaurants, I always found that it's very important to build a restaurant around a name. Stella” , Martino says, “means star.”

The venue and it's location- right on the north east corner of Montauk Highway at Nichols Road, has been a star in Martino's eyes since he was first given a glance inside.  It was 15 or 16 year ago, he says a friends of his just purchased it -under a different name then. The owner invited Martino- a seasoned restauranteur to check it out.  He says he walked inside and bam!

    “I immediately fell in love," He compares it to the tale of - 'the girl who got away, who you run into years later.  “I fell in love with Stella 15-16 years ago,” he says,  “and when it came up for sale, I had to have it.”  {####}

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