Centro Trattoria & Bar in Hampton Bays

On Sunday, I made my first visit to Centro Trattoria & Bar for Long Island Restaurant Week, which spans Sunday to Sunday, October 29-November 5 and includes a three-course prix fixe dinner for $28.95. Restaurant Week is held across Long Island at almost 200 restaurants. Centro is located just off W. Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, within close proximity to Stop n’ Shop, Macy’s, and Planet Fitness. This friendly Italian restaurant is for everyone: families, couples, children, friends, and colleagues of all ages.

Upon arrival, Nina, our host, greeted and seated us. During our dining experience, never was there a moment where we felt hurried or were waiting for our drinks or meal. Our water glasses stayed filled too. The service is top notch and genuine, and we felt a very warm vibe right from the start that lasted throughout our stay. Katie, our waitress, was particularly exceptional. We enjoyed the atmosphere so much that we took our time and savored each dish for a total of almost three years. It is rare these days to find a restaurant that gives you the opportunity to do just that.

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Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Cheers to the upcoming summer! I am thrilled to reintroduce my readers to one of my favorite child-friendly beverage companies, Tickle Water. My favorite characteristic of Tickle Water is that it is perfect for small hands, meaning that it will be ideal for my daughter to bring with her to school and activities. Her favorite is the watermelon and green apple. She calls the Watermelon flavored water “owl bubbles.” It is so cute when she laughs after each sip. We enjoy Tickle Water together during the afternoon while at our pool. The size is also compact and lightweight for bringing to the beach. The tickly taste is so refreshing!

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Sweet Sunday: Gemelli Gelato

Last Saturday, I visited Gemelli Gelato for the first time in Hampton Bays, located just off of Montauk Highway. There are many unique characteristics about this gelato shop that everyone will love: the array of unique, artisanal gelato flavors, nitro brew coffee, specialty waffle cones, and plenty of outdoor space for families to run about and play. Very few businesses offer such an incredible amount of ‘play’ space, while also serving some of the best gelato in the Hamptons!

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Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Tickle Water is a gentle, fun sparkling water for kids and adults of all ages! I was instantly intrigued with the beverage when I discovered the company at a Kid Fest event at Guild Hall in East Hampton. At the event, I noticed how parents and children were very drawn to the adorable packaging and pint size 8 oz BPA free PET plastic cans specifically designed to fit children’s mini hands. Tickle Water comes in four flavors: Sparkling Water, Green Apple, Watermelon, and Cola.

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Rumba Rum Bar in Hampton Bays

My second stop for last week’s Long Island Restaurant Week was Rumba Rum Bar in Hampton Bays, just down the road from CowFish and under the same ownership. This was my second visit to Rumba; my first visit was for lunch for their Thursday taco trio special a month prior. Their tacos are outrageous! Taco choices include chicken, fish, and fried avocado, to name a few. I look forward to coming back later in the month just for their tacos and fried plantains and of course a rum punch.

During my first visit, I learned some great tips from some friends who frequent Rumba. It is no surprise that Rumba is a summer hotspot, and that is an understatement. Both eateries are scorching with popularity that it is recommended that you park at the Mariner’s Cove Marina (just located between the two restaurants) to take the Rum Bus over to Rumba. An alternative is valet parking at both restaurants. Second, arriving early for dinner is a must, then come back later at around 10 or 11pm for drinks. If you want to dine during quieter hours, my suggestion is during the week Tuesday-Thursday between 2-4pm. My husband, daughter, and I arrived for dinner to Rumba at 5pm on a Sunday evening, and it was shoulder-to-shoulder packed already! The restaurant reserved us a special table right by the window.

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