By Rachel Bosworth
With a renowned restaurant scene among the ever-changing Hamptons landscape, few things are as exciting as new restaurant openings on the East End. Famed local chefs are well on their way to achieving celebrity status as patrons regularly brave summer traffic and months-long reservation waitlists for a chance to indulge in uniquely prepared dishes touting sustainably grown and locally sourced ingredients from land and sea.
As the seasons change and dedicated diners are still lining up for what’s hot on the South Fork, even in the dead of winter. Sag Harbor favorite Dopo la Spiaggia is making waves further east in the Village of East Hampton for their devoted foodie following.
Appropriately named “After the Beach” in Italian, the intimate eatery found success with Chef Maurizio Marfoglia at the helm. Hailing from Lake Como himself, the balance of Hamptons beach culture coupled with that of his native Italy allowed Chef Marfoglia and partners Larry and Maria Baum to create an experience honoring both lifestyles. With just 50 seats available, and no reservations accepted, the team knew they needed a second location.
It was a long search, but they happily discovered an opening at 31 Race Lane. “We went to see the space and loved it,” says Chef Marfoglia of the former famous Laundry restaurant, which later became Race Lane restaurant. “It was a beautiful coincidence [finding it].”
Tucked away from East Hampton’s bustling Main Street, the new restaurant is a significant space with 130+ seats, indoor dining area with a fireplace, and a terrace complete with an outdoor bar. Though much larger than the Sag Harbor flagship, the experience is still an intimate one and invokes the feeling of dining in an Italian piazza. “They are much different but very similar,” says Chef Marfoglia of the two restaurants.
Currently the menus at both locations are the same, offering loyal guests the dishes they know and love further east. With the larger dining area comes a larger kitchen, and Chef Marfoglia and his team are eagerly looking forward to expanding the menu to offer new flavors and tastes.
Inspired by homemade pastas, local produce, and an abundance of fresh seafood, delectable dishes are reminiscent of what you may expect in southern Italy. Chef Marfoglia’s favorite dish? Scallop crudo with caviar, sea beans, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon that tastes like “the ocean on a plate.”
Menu staples such as rigatoni with homemade sausage, peas, and vodka sauce; taglioni with squid ink pasta, bay scallop, shrimp, calamari, chili, and tomato; and branzino of poached sea bass, tomatoes, spinach and white wine will be available among new soon-to-be favorites.
Dopo la Spiaggia on Bay Street in Sag Harbor, formerly Tutto il Giorno, took over the space in the summer of 2016 as the original owners Chef Margolia and Gabby Karan parted ways. With Mr. and Mrs. Baum now taking on a more active role in both of the new Italian eatery’s locations, they have found a new friendship within their partnership.
“They believe in me, and I believe in them,” Chef Marfoglia says fondly. “[My wife] Holly and I are really happy to be in this friendship/partnership.”
Dopo la Spiaggia is located at 6 Bay Street in Sag Harbor and 31 Race Lane in East Hampton. Same-day reservations are accepted at the East Hampton location only, making it a little easier for fans of Chef Marfoglia’s cooking to enjoy a delicious meal. As the Dopo la Spiaggia expansion continues, be on the lookout for an evolving menu with more southern Italian-inspired cuisine. Antipasti options range from $17-23, with main courses available from $31-40.