La Fine at Montauk Manor is a charming, family-style restaurant serving up Italian American cuisine. La Fine, which means ” The End “ in Italian, exudes that comfort and warmth of home away from home. Upon arrival, I instantly felt like I was transported back into my grandparents’ dining room in North Haven. Each dish is made to order and is based on celebrated family family recipes, which create an authentic dining experience.
Our waiter was very attentive and courteous which made for a very relaxing dinner. Everyone we met there, including the owners, was so wonderful, which is just one of many compliments I express toward La Fine.
My mom’s cocktail choice was a Cosmo served with a basil garnish and I had a spin on their pumpkin spice martini, also called The Jack-O’-Lantern. Matt, our bartender, did a phenomenal job in concocting both drinks from scratch. My mom’s Cosmo was a little fruity and citrusy but not overwhelming, well-balanced with just a drop of grapefruit. “I can’t believe how good it is,” exclaimed my mom after she took her second sip. “It is the best I have ever had!” (My mom has tried many Cosmopolitans). The fresh basil garnish was a smart touch. The pumpkin spice martini was topped with freshly grated cinnamon and made with vanilla vodka, a true taste of autumn. Both drinks were chilled the way they should be.
Their bread served to us just before our appetizer was delicious: slightly crunchy crust, and warm and soft on the side. The olive oil in particular was infused with rosemary and sliced, fresh garlic.
For our appetizer, my mom and I split Grandma’s Meatballs (6): Homemade marinara, shaved pecorino. We chose the two specials: Surf + Turf: tender and juicy filet mignon, grilled to perfection featuring local jumbo shrimp and roasted potatoes; and Bolognese: house made pappardelle pasta smothered in beef, veal, and pork with nonna’s marinara and fresh roasted tomatoes, finished with fresh ricotta and fresh basil. The meatballs are a must-have when coming to dine here. Each bite was a taste of Italy: fresh and comforting. Our entrees were spot on: hearty, homemade, and flavorful.
For dessert, we shared the Italian Cheesecake: light buttery ricotta cheese pastry with orange zest and hints of vanilla. The texture was exquisite: so refreshing with the orange and creamy. My mom had an espresso while I had a cappuccino served with a sprinkle of freshly ground cinnamon. The best cappuccino I have ever had and I loved that it was served with a rock candy stirring stick!
La Fine is currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Click to view their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Outdoor dining is available to guests during the warmer months. The restaurant also does catering! Their off premise catering team can assist you in developing a menu that is custom tailored to fit your events needs from small gatherings to large wedding celebrations.
La Fine is privately owned by MMEink, a multi-faceted event management and hospitality agency located in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.
http://www.lafineli.com // (631) 483-5888