Driving through Hampton Bays, a few notable restaurants probably stand out in your mind. Unfortunately, Salvatore’s Restaurant probably isn’t one of them.
But, believe me, this will change once you eat there.
I had just left the Nutcracker in Westhampton Beach with my wife and daughter, and we were getting hungry. The ballet always gives me an appetite. Randomly, we walked into Salvatore‘s for a very late lunch around 3pm. Surprisingly, the restaurant was still filled by a decent-sized crowd during our too-late-for-lunch but too-early-for-dinner arrival.
They were watching the game, but they were likely motivated by a special, I later learned, offering unlimited mimosas on Sunday from 12pm–3pm, alongside a fantastic brunch menu that includes eggs Benedict and egg frittata dishes as well as other classic brunch staples.
We were really there just for pizza and sandwiches since my daughter is 2 and has not yet developed a taste for mimosas. Salvatore’s menu can be slightly overwhelming because they offer something for everybody, but that is part of what I really like about the place. You can get fresh wood-fired pizza, you can get amazing pasta and classic Italian sandwiches like a chicken parmesan hero plus a wide selection of salads and other dishes.
The vibe and experience of being there really make you realize the owner, likely someone named Salvatore, genuinely loves food. The mood was light and loads of fun plus the restaurant is exquisite and extremely clean. It feels new but don’t be fooled – these people are pros and know what they’re doing.
And the best part, the prices are extremely reasonable! My wife and I each ate very well along with our two-year-old daughter and the total bill came out to $47, without the tip (remember 20% during the holidays!) These days that makes me smile.
I can easily say that whenever I’m in Hampton Bays Salvatore’s Restaurant will be in my top five places to eat lunch or dinner. It’s an easy place to go, it’s relaxing and it’s fun, oh and of course the food is really good. I can see why it’s busy at 3pm on a Sunday.