Love Lane Kitchen is more than the heart of the block-long center of Mattituck, which links Main Road (Rt. 25) with North Road (Rt. 48). It’s Cheers, North Fork style.
Located adjacent to Lombardi’s Love Lane Market and across from Altman’s Needle Arts, it’s where locals—including the restaurant’s purveyors and producers— vacationers and weekenders meet and greet year-round. It’s also a destination for up-islanders, a role that began with its previous owner, Mike Avella in 2007, and has expanded since the summer of 2012 when Carolyn Iannone, a certified sommelier and the former manager, became its new hands-on owner. An all-local wine list and hearty, locally-sourced, American comfort food items are the mainstay of the menu and served within a cheerful setting decorated with works by local artists. Chef Cory (whose garlicky fries alone are worth the journey) and his crew prepare their butternut squash soup that’s easy enough for any home cook.
1 butternut squash
1 sweet white onion
1 whole garlic clove
1 quart vegetable stock
Heavy cream to taste.
Peel butternut squash, divide in half and scoop out seeds. Cut into one- inch square chunks. Add quartered onion and garlic to the pot and cover with vegetable stock. Simmer until vegetables are fork-tender. Purée with an immersion blender. Adjust salt and pepper and add heavy cream to taste. Serves 4