From the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, we travel to Long Island to learn more about the next restaurant in our Summer Only series, Nello Summertimes. This restaurant is the sister of Nello, located in Manhattan. Leaving the heat and bustle of the city for the relaxing pace of the Hamptons and this fine restaurant, we spoke with Nello Balan, owner of Nello, to learn more.
TT: When does Nello Summertimes open and close for the summer season?
NB: Nello Summertimes opens Memorial Day Weekend. We close Labor Day Weekend.
TT: What prompted you to open a restaurant in the Hamptons while operating a restaurant in Manhattan?
NB: I love the Hamptons, it’s a second home! To have two restaurants (second is Nello’s in New York City’s Upper East Side) operating in two different locations can be tricky if you don’t have the right staff—not a problem with my staff! My Executive Chef Lugi Casanova and I go to the Hamptons on the weekends. My managers, chefs, waiters…all my staff from both locations are fantastic. They help me run successful businesses!
TT: Does Nello (Manhattan) close in the summer?
NB: No, Nello’s is open! Come by!
TT: Do you use local produce, meat, or dairy products in your kitchen?
NB: Yes, as much as I can find! I only use the best produce, from local farmers. That’s one of the main reason’s the chef and I go up to the Hamptons every weekend. We are their picking the best meat, dairy, etc. from the farm and farmers directly- no middle man!
TT: What items would make for a perfect summer dinner at your restaurant?
NB: Cotoletta alla Milanese (breaded veal chop served with chopped tomatoes and arugula), Carpaccio con Palmito (Filet Mignon, Avocado, Hearts of Palm, Lemon, White Truffle Oil) and Lobster Bisque (Velouté of Lobster, Lobster Tail, Florida Lump Crabmeat). All my dishes are made with fresh ingredients, they are all perfect for the Hamptons season! Also, indulge in our signature Nello Bellini or have a glass of wine from our extensive collection of Bordeaux & Tuscan Wines!
TT: Besides being a summer only restaurant, what makes Nello Summertimes unique?
NB: In the Hamptons, it’s hard to find a place that you and the family can come together and relax in a comfortable atmosphere! Our patio is famous for the who’s who scene, with its high end relaxed ambiance! With a new look and feel, and DJs performing each weekend, Nello’s Summertimes also carries a special menu package called the Family & Friends Special. Made to be shared, families can order:
a pound of pasta (party of 5) – $50
a pound of veal with lemon sauce (party of 5) – $80
a pound of Red Snapper (party of 5) –$60
3 pounds of Ribeye Steak (party of 5) – $150