Il Giardino offers authentic southern Italian home cooking fresh

Sep 17, 2020 191

The converted 1830s Aquebogue house that houses Il Giardino is 4,000 miles or so from the Palermo farm where chef/owner John Gambino grew up, but that hasn’t stopped him from making it feel like home.

When the warm afternoon light streams in, the wraparound dining porch imparts a timeless, southern Italian vibe. Watching Gambino buzz around his Main Road restaurant, chatting up regulars (many of whom followed him from the Hamptons to his first North Fork restaurant), and passing weathered black-and-white family photos en route to the kitchen, it’s clear this is his happy place.

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