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Ruvo Restaurant Charms Long Islanders after Hurricane Sandy

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Chef Anthony Damico and Owner Joseph DeNicola at Ruvo Restaurant in Port Jefferson Long Island for Long Island Restaurant Week
Owner Joseph DeNicola and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Ruvo Restaurant in Port Jefferson
Signature Dishes at Ruvo Restaurant in Port Jefferson
Executive Chef Anthony Damico and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Ruvo Restaurant in Port Jefferson
Ruvo is owned and operated by four brothers of the DeNicola family, who settled on Long Island in 1915.  The family has a long tradition in the preparation of fine Italian fare created with the freshest ingredients.  Ruvo takes its name from a small hill town in Southern Italy – the ancestral home to part of the DeNicolas’ extended family.  On a trip to Italy in 1972 James DeNicola Sr., an artist who worked on Long Island his entire career, was inspired to create a series of woodcut prints of Ruvo.  The prints evoke the color, warmth and vitality of their regional inspiration.  A reproduction adorns the cover of the dinner menu and the original prints, along with other artwork by James Sr., hang in the restaurants in Port Jefferson and Greenlawn.
On the corner of Broadway and Smith Street in Greenlawn, across the street from the train station, owners Jim, Leo, Douglas and Joe built Ruvo’s original location. Since its opening in 2001, Ruvo Restaurant and Gourmet Store has become a mainstay for Greenlawn locals, and a delight to visitors to the area. The two dining rooms and the handsome wood bar and cabinetry were designed and built by the brothers using wood from their uncle’s old barn in upstate New York. Soft candlelight and live greenery complete the casual rooms with sophistocated ambiance and a touch of Italian country.
Five years later, in 2006, Ruvo “East” opened in Port Jefferson. Ruvo Restaurant & Bar, tucked down Wynn Lane – just off Main Street in Port Jefferson Village – treats diners to a warm and classy atmosphere with rich fabrics and authentic Italian pottery. Together, the cozy dining room, open atrium and welcoming bar create flexible spaces to accommodate parties, dinners and events of all kinds. Wander down Wynn Lane for live music on Thursday and Friday nights.
I had the pleasure of dining on Seared Diver Scallops -GFPorcini Crust, Butternut Squash Risotto, Arugula Pesto, Micro Greens, Lump Crab CakesChive & Grain Mustard Sauce, Lentil Salad and Crispy Skin Duck with Peach-Apricot Gastrique, Cippolini Risotto, Market Vegetables.A portion of Ruvo Restaurant sales from Long Island Restaurant week will be donated to the American Red Cross for fellow Long Islanders recovering from Hurricane Sandy.For more information about Ruvo Restaurant please visit
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