Bel Mare Ristorante is a new Italian spot in East Hampton conceptualized by the Gherardi family. Born from the idea that there wasn’t an approachable Italian restaurant in the Hamptons with moderate prices and excellent service, Bel Mare came to be and it aims to stay open throughout the year. I ate at the restaurant recently and was impressed by the staff’s desire to help their guests have a fantastic experience.
The interior of the restaurant is sleek and modern, yet casual. The white tiled walls and dark, wooden floors make for an elegant room – yet the energy and attitude here is very welcoming. Tables and booths coexist with a bustling bar in the background.
The menu features both locally-sourced ingredients, as well as some imported from further afield. The seafood is always fresh and local and each dish looks better than the last. While here, I sampled the pizzas, seafood, pasta and desserts. The pizza was my absolute favorite, with perfect crust to topping ratio and a bevy of choices for those who are serious about their pizza.
Pastas are aways presented with sauces made in-house and the chef even bottles his sauce for guests to purchase if they desire to take a little Bel Mare home with them. Why not? For anyone looking for a great Italian spot out east, look no further.