Side Dish: Dining Tricks, No Treats

Casa Basso Restaurant
Casa Basso Restaurant. Photo credit: oliver peterson

Check out the latest happenings at Hamptons and North Fork restaurants:

THE NORTH FORK TABLE AND INN in Southold has launched a traveling lunch truck. The truck will be parked outside the tasting room at Bedell Cellars from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through November 10. Weekday locations will vary and will be announced on the North Fork Table & Inn Facebook page and Twitter account. Menu items may include Hartmann’s artisan all-beef hot dog or jumbo frankfurter served on a toasted Blue Duck Bakery roll; 100% wild caught lobster roll; and grass fed beef ricotta meatball sandwich. 631-765-0177

FRESH HAMPTONS in Bridgehampton is offering new menu items this fall. Dinner service begins daily at 5 p.m. Menu items include local organic sweet corn chowder with scallions and cilantro; pan seared local skate corn flour crusted with smoked red chili beurre blanc; and pan seared local grass fed beef with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a toasted brioche bun. 631-537-4700

RACE LANE in East Hampton has a wide selection of dishes include butternut squash risotto with caramelized walnuts, rosemary olive oil, and asiago; house rolled gnocchi with local lobster, morels, peas and tarragon; organic roasted chicken with pancetta, roasted potato, mushroom and marsala; sea scallops with parsnip purée, chanterelle mushroom, hearts of palm and tomato; and 14 oz. New York prime steak with caramelized cippolini, burgundy reduction and truffle butter. 631-324-5022

HARVEST ON FORT POND in Montauk offers a menu inspired by traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean, with influences from Italy, France and Spain. Guests can choose from salads, grilled pizzas, pastas and main courses. Dishes include grilled portabella with crispy goat cheese and mixed greens; rigatoni veal Bolognese; swordfish picatta with sautéed spinach, capers, olives and cherry tomatoes; and pork tenderloin with apricot apple chutney with watercress pine nut salad and Spanish prosciutto. 631-668-5574

FRESNO in East Hampton is offering a special prix fixe all night Sunday through Thursday and until 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Two courses for $30 or three courses for $35. Menu items may include smoky chipotle and chickpea hummus with grilled flatbread and marinated olives; chicken Milanese with arugula and goat cheese salad and roasted tomato sauce; and pan- seared Scottish salmon with couscous, fennel, zucchini, golden raisins, Medjool dates and Harissa beurre blanc. 631-324-8700

CASA BASSO in Westhampton offers a $25 three-course prix fixe all night Tuesday through Sunday and on Friday and Saturday until 6:30 p.m. Diners may enjoy a choice of baked clams, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella and zucchini fritte for appetizers, as well as a selection of entrées such as poached salmon Grand Marnier, scallops with risotto and eggplant parmagiana. Dessert options include Napoleon, vanilla or chocolate ice cream and rum cake. 631-288-1841

THE OLD MILL INN in Mattituck closes their 2013 season with their annual Halloween Par-Tay on Saturday, October 26. The Buzzards will perform at 9 p.m., with rockabilly. Along with local ghosts, zombies and spirits, there will be dancing, moonwalking, contests, Boo-Bingo and a cash prize for the best costume. 631-298-8080

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