Chef Marco Barrila, born and raised in Messina, Sicily was impressed at an early age by the vast range of regional food dishes while traveling Northern and Southern Italy. Marco found his passion for cooking at age 13 while working in his grandmother’s trattoria La Caraffa which was established back in the 1800s.
By the time he was 18, Marco had already apprenticed at local bakeries, butchers and pasta shops. At 24, he moved to New York City to begin his career as a chef.
In Chef Marco Barrila’s Creative Kitchen, you can experience all of the splendor of authentic Italian dishes along with locally inspired and masterfully prepared seasonal dishes. Indulge in aperitivi plates ranging from grande to grandissimo, taste the authenticity of our pasta di Siciliano and pizza alla pala in our newly minted Pastaria.
Chef Barrila and his culinary team have crafted a menu full of specialitas! Find an abbondanza of Mediterranean small bites and small plates perfect for sharing with the table. Appetizers like Fritto Misto with local crispy calamari, shrimp and zucchini that are deliseaso. Or try the trio di polpette, our signature meatballs of chicken, short ribs and handmade house sausage with our insatiable pomodoro sauce of course! Indulge in Formaggi e Salumi! Our market features a variety of your classic and favorite items. As you come back over and over again, you will discover more items and sought-after foods, accompanied by a variety of seasonal goods and fried delights.
Embrace la dolce vita! Explore the highest quality of artisanal desserts imported from Italy and inspired by traditions, from assorted chocolates and cookies to panettone, torrone and beyond. Our Italian panettone cakes arrive fresh from Sicily for just the holiday season in a variety of flavors that will amaze your palate and transform your holiday. Traditionally, a gift of panettone or pandoro symbolizes good wishes for the season, not to mention a delicious holiday dessert to bring to any feast. Or, explore beyond traditional cakes with other holiday sweets like torrone, a chewy nougat studded with nuts, artisanal chocolates and more. After all, the holiday season is the perfect moment to unwrap something sweet!
Join us for indoor dining in our open and airy eatery space with soaring ceilings or outdoor dining where you can sit back and relax on La Terrazza or on our piazza-inspired patio.
Chef, Caterer, Restauranteur, Food Network Talent, Marco Barrila brings a deft touch and unwavering passion to creating culinary experiences with thoughtful hospitality and whole world cuisine. He adds a contemporary appeal to soulful cooking rooted in deep Italian tradition. With uncompromising quality, Barrila is firm believer in sustainable food fresh from the butcher, farmer’s markets, fisherman or garden to the table. Chef Barrila won an Achievement Award as a Top 40 Chef In New York City. As a year-round East End native, Chef Barrila is also the co-owner and lobster master behind Shinnecock Lobster Factory Southampton. You can now find Chef Barrila in his new Pastaria & Restaurant. He invites you to come and discover your inner creativity and celebrate together through the fun and love of pasta making!