A Touch of Venice
28350 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 631-298-5851
A Touch of Venice, located on Main Road in Cutchogue, is a family-owned Italian restaurant that features local specialties.Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Daily. Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted Accessibility: Yes
The North Fork may be the only corner of Long Island not overserved by Italian restaurants. That makes Touch of Venice's recent relocation to the center of Cutchogue all the more welcome.
For 23 years, TOV carried the torch of Italian cuisine at an out-of-the-way waterside spot in Mattituck. According to chef-owner Brian Pennacchia, although Mattituck was picturesque, "it was so far off the beaten path that after Labor Day we would pull our hair out." After five months of gutting and rebuilding the old Fisherman's Rest, Touch of Venice reopened in May.
Some early problems: On my visit, the friendly servers were overwhelmed by the crowd; getting our plates cleared and our flatware replaced was a struggle.
The kitchen handled the onslaught with far more aplomb. Across the board, the level of ingredients was very high, though the platings tended to be too involved. TOV's superb pomodoro sauce was deftly deployed in a baked eggplant Sorrentino; that same sauce couldn't bring together a dish of rigatoni topped with a snowy blob of fresh ricotta and a whole Berkshire pork sausage. Briny littlenecks were similarly disconnected from their overcooked spaghetti. Beautifully pan-fried fluke with fresh aioli salsa was set upon an off-puttingly huge pile of local spinach and garnished with big hunks of purple Peruvian potatoes. Then again, I seemed to be the only one put out by these missteps. My companions, and the room at large, seemed delighted by the generous portions of fresh, well-sourced food.
Touch of Venice Restaurant
Behind the doors of what was once Fisherman's Rest in Cutchogue, major renovations have taken place, revealing the new Touch of Venice Restaurant. Family owned and operated for over 20 years, TOV was previously located in nearby Mattituck. Our loyal former customers can expect a similar menu (as well as wine and drink list) featuring Italian and local specialties, and will be pleasantly surprised by our new decor. The theme? Vintage European. The whole family, along with a restaurant designer, was involved in the entire process to create a stylish, yet rustic, casual setting. Among the details are tin ceilings, rustic woodwork, wood and tile flooring, vintage drink posters and artwork, some of the Pennacchia family's own photographs of Venice, a brand new glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room, a spectacular Venetian glass chandelier, and cozy, stylish banquettes. A party room is available for private gatherings of any size, and we offer great happy hour specials at our 20-seat bar.