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.
The interior is very open and on trend: think traditional European accents with subtle, upbeat music that millennials, such as myself, would appreciate. The ample bar space offers happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-6pm which includes select Italian wines by the glass and tap beers at half off in addition to half off all brick oven pizzas. This is a great spot to meet people or after work or shopping and exploring the town.
To start, I chose the Blueberry Sage Mojito: Grey Goose, Intense Ginger Liquor, Muddled Lime, Sage, and Blueberry ($14). Grey Goose is my favorite vodka. This cocktail was so smooth and refreshing and I really liked the piece of candied ginger.
Our prix fixe choices were as follows: NONNA’s Meatballs: Pomodoro, Grana Padano; and their Mussels in white wine garlic. Next was the Chicken Milanese: Rugola, tomatoes, white beans, red onion, Grana Padano, white balsamic; and Organic Salmon: Lemon potatoes, sautéed spinach, lemon caper olive tapenade. For dessert, we had the Classic Tiramisu (+$4), and Italian Cheesecake. The portions were perfect and we still had some leftover to bring home for lunch the following day. I can’t stop thinking about the Chicken Milanese and my guest loved her Salmon; everything was just perfect and we would not change anything about our experience.
I would love to come back again soon. Their Burrata caught my interest on the menu which is a dish I would certainly order next time. Their Burrata is Panko-crusted with watermelon, sliced almonds, lavender honey, balsamic glaze. Those earthy flavors and mixture of creamy and crunchy textures sound so irresistible.
We noticed there was a private room towards the right after you enter the restaurant. The private dining area seats up to forty, ideal for parties and reunions.
Centro Trattoria & Bar is open seven days a week beginning at 4pm. Dinner service commences at 5pm.
https://www.centrohamptons.com // 631-594-5744
*Header & bar area photo credit: Centro Trattoria & Bar