Can’t lie, the fact that the talented people at the construction company that I work for helped design AND build this establishment, was a HUGE reason for taking a ride to the South Fork just to go to a “bakery”. Oh, and the beautiful weather DEFINITELY helped (60F in January - I'll take it!).
Carissa’s Bakery, in East Hampton, has created a huge local buzz since it opened this past summer 2019. There’s been countless Instagram posts, write-ups in local publications, and various comments about how spectacular this project by Lettieri Construction turned out. And I must say, I wasn’t disappointed either.
When we pulled up on the motorcycles, all of the upper-class clientele inside definitely stared. Although most don’t expect motorcycles to pull up to this luxury bakery, our exotic bikes definitely gave them something to look at. Although it was crowded inside, we luckily secured a place at the bar with just enough room to stash our helmets and jackets. Once we figured out we had to order our food at the counter, we stepped up to notice the most beautiful desserts I’ve ever seen along with a mouthwatering menu.
I settled on a grilled cheese with sage – and it did NOT disappoint. It was made with their delectable bread, different gourmet cheeses, and just enough sage to make this the best grilled cheese I’ve ever experienced. The presentation of our tea and latte couldn’t be beat either – small wooden containers, adorable mugs with the tastiest drinks to warm our chilly bodies. Clayton got a roast beef sandwich, and while I can’t speak to the taste – he clearly enjoyed it, and it seemed as though everyone in the packed café was enjoying their food whether it was pastries, lunch, or lattes.
And I also must comment on the staff - although the place was crowded, the staff was efficient, friendly, and had smiles on their faces at all times. This definitely added to the warm, welcoming atmosphere and didn't make us feel out of place despite our bulky moto gear, and casual attire. They were helpful finding us the perfect place at the bar that was comfortable and accommodating. And to find such pleasant, off-season staff in our rather seasonal town, it almost unheard of. Way to go Carissa's!
If you find yourself hungry while riding on the South Fork, don’t let the parking lot crowded with rare Porches, Bentleys, and G-Wagons intimidate you. The prices are fair for unique, tasty food, in a very European atmosphere. It’s also worth stopping to admire the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship from Lettieri Construction. Although we normally build custom homes, this unique commercial project with so many original accents, and custom details, was nothing our talented team couldn’t handle.