Tutto il Giorno Brings a Farm-to-Table Southern Italian Kitchen to Sag Harbor

Gianpaolo De Felice, Gabby Karan De Felice and Agostino Petrosino at Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor. Eric Striffler photos

There’s a familiar simplicity to the experience at Tutto il Giorno. A literal inspiration of southern Italy, the concept is fresh, local, and uncomplicated Mediterranean cuisine in a space that is warm, inviting, and celebrates the famed family values of the culture. An extension of her home both in style and fare, owner Gabby Karan De Felice combines inspirations of her husband Gianpaolo’s Italian heritage, her mother and fashion icon Donna Karan’s design influence, and her own creative expression in the unique Sag Harbor space.

Parmigiana with eggplant, San Marzano tomatoes and smoked Provola. Sofia Jain photo

At its very core, Tutto il Giorno’s menu is comprised of the most simple but powerful ingredients in a southern Italian kitchen; tomato, olive oil, salt, red pepper, and garlic. Together with fish, mixed with fresh penne, or over salad, it is an uncomplicated recipe that is flavorful and refreshing. Paired with a good glass of wine, it’s the makings of an unpretentious yet memorable meal.

“In the Hamptons, you have the ability to get fresh farm-to-table ingredients year-round,” De Felice says. “It’s a mix of the Hamptons’ local ingredients with southern Italian recipes that we do in a really authentic way. We walk our philosophy. It’s family, friends, and good food and wine. All these things we try to encompass in making this restaurant brand.”

With lifestyle store Urban Zen as the immediate neighbor, the collaboration between mother and daughter allow the two concepts meld into one chic and intimate environment. Converse over a glass of Montepulciano and antipasti on cozy couches and plush chairs with friends, or dine family-style at a table so purposefully curated you feel like a guest in a friend’s home. This is the goal after all, with the added bonus of being able to purchase what you like.

Italian is Mediterranean, therefore healthy by way of its simple culinary principles. Fresh and local fish is something that executive chef Agostino Petrosino has access to on the South Fork, along with seasonal vegetables to accompany the dishes. Branzino Acqua Pazza poached in tomato, celery and olive broth, and spinach is a southern recipe that is particularly popular. Penne with eggplant and tomato is another core dish that sells well at all three restaurant locations. Aware of the shift to gluten-free and vegetarian needs, De Felice says it’s important to stay on top of trends in how people eat.

Penne with tomato, eggplant and mozzarella. Paul Wagtouicz photos

“It’s nice to know what the needs of people are and to stay current,” De Felice explains. “And in all of our dishes, less is more. It’s a good philosophy. Our chef is good about creating dishes that sell like crazy, cooking in amazing ways but super simple. It’s so good but not complicated.”

Though this experiential dining may be new to the East End, it’s a concept De Felice and her mother have found works in the past. Eating, shopping, and events came together in a shared space at DKNY with a juice bar, café, books, and clothing under one roof.

“I loved that lunch,” De Felice laughs, recalling her time merchandising and designing window displays. “People walk in and think, what is this? It was well executed and combined in one space, it’s what is unique about what we achieved. Now it’s an evolution of all the things we love.”

Growing up in the South Fork and eventually building a home next to her mother’s house in East Hampton, de Felice has a deeply rooted appreciation for the local lifestyle. Coupled with her husband being from southern Italy, Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor is a culmination of the things most important to her: family and community. The space was designed for the obvious reasons, but to also promote what others are doing in the community with the profound understanding there is enough to go around.

It was the community that was a driving force behind the offerings at the restaurant. When Tutto il Giorno opened in summer 2018, the initial plan was to offer a light bar, drinks, and small passed plates in the retail space. It grew organically with an overwhelming response from long-time clients asking for more, a request De Felice couldn’t deny.

“It’s so nice when people walk in, dine, and love the experience,” De Felice shares. “Many clients are repetitive, which is so refreshing to say. When people come back, I know I’m doing something right.”

Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor will stay open year-round. Now as a year-round resident herself, De Felice looks forward to continue to host community events with various artisans and designers, specialty dinners, a screening of the Oscars, and other events inspired by a collective creativity.

Tutto il Giorno has locations in Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Tribeca.Visit tuttoilgiorno.com for more information.