Frankie’s family has deep restaurant roots on the east end of Long Island.
Originally from Sicily, Pietro + Salvina Gambino were the first to cross the Atlantic in the late 1960s, planting the first seed at Baby Moon long before Westhampton Beach became a world destination hamlet.
Next to sprout was La Parmigiana in Southampton Village, helmed by Celestino ‘Nonno’ Gambino for over three decades.
Currently run by his six children, the Italian mainstay with attached gourmet shop is still going strong today, widely considered one of the best family restaurants in The Hamptons.
Enter 1975. Sag Harbor was on the brink of bankruptcy. Businesses were boarded up on Main Street… Pierson High school was on the verge of closing.
Despite these factors, Frankie’s parents – Lena + Tony – (and soon their two sons) worked nonstop to build a pizzeria that would soon become a foundational pillar of the community.
To this day, despite passing the torch to new management, two words – Conca D’Oro – still touch the heartstrings of people all over the world, conjuring up memories that will last many lifetimes.
Germination spread further when Celestino’s sister Sara and her husband opened eponymous Luigi’s, a deli and grocer in East Hampton.
For 2+ decades now, they continue to serve love with specialties harkening back to the Old Country. If you’ve never tried their homemade focaccia sandwiches, your lunch bucket list is incomplete!
In 1999, Frankie’s brother Johnny branched out on his own, creating a stunning osteria overlooking Shinnecock Bay.
A fusion of Italian and American fare, Edgewater is often voted the best restaurant in Hampton Bays.
Bringing much needed balance to the Forks, just two years ago, Lena’s brother John, a mainstay from Baby Moon, extended the garden to Aquebogue with Il Giardino, a farm to table experience well worth the second ferry ride.
And here we are today, forearms full of oven scars, Frank Venesina is back in action. It’s been a series of hoops and hurdles to even open during this apocalypse, but…
È inutile piangere sul latte versato!
Living inside what is hopefully a never ending story, Shelter Island Slice welcomes you to the latest chapter. Frankie has curated a simple menu with classic sandwiches, salads, and pizza… soon to be served in a cozy, family friendly atmosphere.