It could be argued that Italian is the national cuisine of Long Island. Yet, there is such a vast span of dishes being offered it’s hard to know what exactly the “real Italian” places are. Annona may be the new traditional (think Buccatini Amatriciana, not spaghetti with “red sauce”) and she may be unpredictable (that’s right, she) for her venue is upstairs from an exotic motor dealer just outside the Westhampton Air Force base, but this venue is every bit as unapologetically Italian as the Lasagna D’Anatra (which, coincidentally, is updated with LI duck leg instead of chopped meat) and Fettucini al Gamberi (spinach fettucini and rock shrimp) that are staples at this restaurant named for the Roman goddess of grain. Like most good restaurants, the menu changes regularly, but is consistent in offering the chef’s fingerprints: Ippolo Gosso (Atlantic Halibut, baby white carrots, sweet pea broth, chive blossoms), Carni Bovine Filetto (beef tenderloin, bacon wrapped potato, escarole, black truffle sauce) or Frutta Di Mare Risotto (lobster, scallops, calamari, shrimp). This is a place that serves couples and intimate groups well, but also plays hosts to some of the East End’s most important functions. The kitchen also accommodates four-and six-course tasting menus, four-course Sunday Family Feasts and (upon reservation) Leg of Lamb, Rack of Veal, Tomahawk Rib Eye, Pork Shoulder or Whole Roasted Fish. A good ambassador for Italian culture, as much for its style and ambiance as for its distinguished, savory fare, Annona is a warm, relaxed atmosphere featuring crisp well appointed decor.
112 Riverhead Rd
Westhampton Bch, NY 11978-1424