99 N Main St, East Hampton, NY | Directions 1193740.969241 -72.182131
Sep-May: Daily, 6pm-9:30pm; Jun-Aug: Sun-Thu, 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Long Island
Nasty Maitre d – We had a reservation, but upon arrival the Maitre d'affaires told us to wait. The wait appeared long so we inquired how long it would be and the Maitre d scoffed at us and told us to leave which we were then happy to do. I guess they don't need customers!
A sceney Hamptons spot with genuinely good Italian food incorporates exotic flavors into local staples, as with the spicy Montauk fluke tartare with wasabi tobiko. – The Scene
Mellow in the off-season, come summertime Della Femina is the place to see and be seen. A wall of celebrity and non-celebrity caricatures greets diners in the bar, but the centerpiece is an enormous fireplace (pity it's gas). On summer Saturdays, it's impossible to get a table without a reservation made weeks in advance, unless, of course, you're Billy Joel. Servers work year-round, and it shows--they know the menu and how to take care of diners.
Chef Michael Rozzi knows what the locals like: the freshest oysters on the half shell and his maine day boat halibut with local asparagus--cripsy leeks, parsnip puree and exotic mushroom sauce. Entrees are hit-or-miss. The gorgeous, original desserts under the guidance of pastry chef Holly Dove shouldn't be missed, including house made gelatos and sorbets.
Best food and service in the Hamptons – Original, inspired comfort food. Chef Michael Rozzi prepares food that makes me long for a return to the restaurant industry. His fluke tartare sets the tartare bar at new heights; ironically, for a fish that lies so low on the ocean floor. Hijiki (seaweed salad) and sublimely sliced "sashimi grade" fluke form the foundation of this culinary edifice which rises up to reach a perfectly portioned layer of wasabi tobiko(tiny fish roe infused with wasabi). Julienned local organic radish completes the texturally dynamic crescendo that takes the palate to the brink of climax, leaving it to want more.
As we all know, chicken can be, and usually is, the most mundane choice on the menu. A "safety plate", like the state school I chose over Stanford. Della Femina forces us to rethink our preconceived notions about the most bastardized protein on Earth. Crispy and tender. Rich, yet light. Chicken, yet new. How Chef Rozzi achieves these paradoxical thruths is a mystery that need not be solved, but definitely experienced. What else can this man do? Take the snow form the cold? Take the heat form the flame? Can he...stop the music?
Cheesy Village People reference aside, this is a restaurant for serious lovers of food. The staff are also serious lovers of food, and their knowledge and professionalism ride on the golden chariot of their personalities. Timing, attention to detail, and confident banter are innate to these servers who are at the top of their game. An ill word about them could only be uttered by unqualified ignoramuses (see other reviews) who do not posess a dining acumen commensurate with this establishment. Perhaps they should hone their skills at Applebee's for a while before they attempt a dining experience that should be reserved for those that know how to enjoy it. I think there's one in Riverhead.
Fantastic food, great Prix Fix prices and menu, very cozy, romantic and elegant atmosphere. – The prix fix dinner at Della Femina is fabulous! Great price, great food and very elegant, romantic setting. I hgihly reccomend this place for prix fix!
If you want to waste a fortune on dinner... – Nothing at this restaraunt is worth the price. The staff are impolite. The food is below mediocre, not to mention the limited selection--food and wine list. I tried the manicotti, which I couldn't taste because of all the garlic. You can go here to impress your friends or girlfriend that you can afford an expensive dinner, but it won't be worth it.
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