Daily Bee: Astro Pizza Is Back. We Like Merlot. Plus, Gladiator Sandals


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Happy Thursday! Welcome back, Astro Pizza and Felice’s Ristorante, which re-opens today after a winter break. The Amagansett pizza parlor, pictured above, has been family-owned for more than 40 years. Suddenly, we are craving mozzarella sticks…

Speaking of re-openings…

Our fears that we’d have no place to watch the Kentucky Derby were unfounded: Southampton Publick House, which closed its Bowden Square location this past weekend and is taking over the Drivers Seat restaurant on Jobs Lane, says it could be open within a week, according to 27East.com. For the time being, Southampton Publick House’s famous brews — we’re partial to the Double White — will continue to be produced at Bowden Square, while owner Don Sullivan looks for a new space to serve as a brewery. But moving into Drivers Seat, which is already a full-service bar and restaurant, is apparently pretty easy. No word yet on whether the new Publick House will have OTB machines.

We like Merlot, dammit

Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor will host a wine dinner on Sunday April 24 at 5:30 p.m. unveiling Wolffer’s 2013 “Merliance,” which is a cooperative Merlot made by winemakers of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. LIMA, for those unfamiliar, is an organization that seeks to gain awareness and respect for the humble Merlot grape, stigmatized since Paul Giamatti’s character in the 2004 film Sideways famously declared that he was “not drinking any f—ing merlot.” The dinner will raise funds for the LIMA Scholarship Fund, which benefits Suffolk County students pursuing studies in viticulture and enology at Cornell University.

Quick takes

Anna Kaiser, the celebrity trainer who owns AKT InMotion in East Hampton, has revealed her breakfast routine (which, we must note, is a lot different than our own). “Ezekiel bread with a thin layer of coconut oil, avocado, tomato, chia seeds and raw Himalayan sea salt,” she tells Charlotte’s Book, “and either a green tea or half caf coffee blended with ghee.”

White’s Apothecary in East Hampton is hosting “Teacher Appreciation Night” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tonight, offering mini-facials and mini-makeovers to teachers and administrators of any school (as long as they show ID). Attendees must pay $25, but they get a gift card. Clever. We see what you did there.

Tiina, the Amagansett boutique owned by stylist Tiina Laakkonen, is gearing up for a busy season of navy prints, oversized dresses and gladiator sandals. Its spring “lookbook” is now available online, for those who seek to be on trend this summer.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Very excited for the coming season.” — 75 Main restaurant in Southampton, mastering the art of understatement as it casually shared on Facebook this week-old New York Post item about its owner, Zach Erdem, taking over the spots formerly occupied by Nammos Estiatorio eatery and 1 OAK nightclub.

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