SOUTH­ERN ITALY SET IN SOUTHAMP­TON

RES­TAU­RA­TEUR GABBY KARAN DE FELICE TAKES TUTTO IL GIORNO TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH A RE­FRESH OF THE SOUTHAMP­TON SPACE AND A NEW UR­BAN ZEN BOU­TIQUE NEXT DOOR.

Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - BY SA­MAN­THA YANKS

Res­tau­ra­teur Gabby Karan De Felice takes Tutto Il Giorno to the next level with a re­fresh of the Southamp­ton space and a new Ur­ban Zen bou­tique next door.

When you opened Tutto il Giorno in 2011 in Southamp­ton, it im­me­di­ately be­came a hot spot. What is the con­cept be­hind the brand? Our story be­gan when I met my hus­band, Gian­paolo, in Italy. We wanted to share our love for the life­style and culi­nary her­itage of his home in South­ern Italy with my home, New York. The Hamp­tons be­came our home away from home with the open­ing of Tutto Southamp­ton in 2011. We re­ally brought Italy here—in­clud­ing Gian­paolo’s mother, who spent time in the kitchen in our first sea­son, recre­at­ing his fa­vorite child­hood dishes. This sum­mer, you did some lovely re­freshes to the space. Tell us about the changes to the in­te­ri­ors. We wanted to cre­ate a syn­ergy be­tween our flag­ship prop­erty in Tribeca and our sec­ond home in Southamp­ton. We col­lab­o­rated with the ar­chi­tect Fran­cis D’haene of D’apos­tro­phe to cre­ate a warm and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

I have al­ways been in­spired by my mom’s trav­els around the world to places in­clud­ing Bali and Haiti. The re­claimed Swarovski crys­tal light fix­ture is in both of our restau­rants above the bar, de­signed by a lo­cal Haitian ar­ti­san, Cookie Vil­liard, that we proudly sup­port through the Ur­ban Zen Foun­da­tion (4 Bay St., Sag Har­bor, 631-7256176; ur­banzen.com). And my fa­vorite, the pa­tio space, has some up­dates as well? Ev­ery year we try to add more light and more green­ery—you can never have enough na­ture! This year we added a whole ivy wall in the pa­tio, in­spired by the wall we cre­ated in Tribeca.

We took over a small space ad­ja­cent to the restau­rant that we en­closed with

green­ery, where we of­fer a small se­lec­tion of my fa­vorite Ur­ban Zen pieces that are avail­able for sale. Your mother, Donna Karan, also has pieces through­out the restau­rant from her Ur­ban Zen col­lec­tion. Tell us a bit about those. Many of the early pieces from our restau­rant came di­rectly from my mother’s Ur­ban Zen col­lec­tion and her home. I would ‘bor­row’ from her and her ar­chives, some­times with­out her notic­ing. I re­mem­ber when we opened up our Tribeca lo­ca­tion, she was en­ter­tain­ing some friends, and I hear a holler say­ing, “Hey, Gabby, is that the ta­ble from my East Hamp­ton home?”—re­fer­ring to her ta­ble that was float­ing in the cen­ter of the din­ing room. I love that you are al­ways in the restau­rant, re­ally tak­ing care of it as the ul­ti­mate host­ess. Last time I was in, we shared some arancini. Tell us about a few of your fa­vorite menu items. Our menus were in­spired by the recipes of Gian­paolo’s mother, Nona Carolina, who re­ally shaped our recipes and our now sig­na­ture dishes. My fa­vorite dishes of hers and ours have been at Tutto since the be­gin­ning. The Penne with Egg­plant and Toma­toes is one of my fa­vorites, and the Whole Branzino re­minds me of when we would be fish­ing with Gian­paolo and his mother. We would cook what we caught for din­ner that night; it is su­per clean and fresh and beau­ti­ful. My hus­band used to tease me be­cause I grew up in New York and I never knew that fish had eyes! Nona has in­flu­enced the menu and, of course, the di­vine desserts, cor­rect? Yes! I also love desserts, they are such a big thing in Italy—they have dessert for break­fast. When Nona spends her sum­mers in the Hamp­tons with us, she works with our kitchen to make her spe­cial Nutella cake, which is my daugh­ter’s fa­vorite. And the wine list is so well rounded. Gian­paolo loves wine. Does he lend a hand in what you serve? Gian­paolo’s fa­vorite part of Tutto il Giorno is en­ter­tain­ing his friends and be­ing able to source some of the wine he loves for the restau­rant. He’s con­stantly look­ing for great vine­yards in Italy that he can then bring back to the states and con­trib­ute to the wine list. It’s a part of the busi­ness he loves, as it’s true to his her­itage. Tutto al­ways feels like fam­ily com­ing to­gether. Tell us a bit about your part­ners. We love Tutto and what we have built. Along with my close friends and part­ners, Gally and David Mayer, we have been able to com­bine Gian­paolo’s style and culi­nary his­tory to be­come the fam­ily af­fair we all al­ways dreamed of in a restau­rant. You've lived in East Hamp­ton for count­less years. What are your fa­vorite spots to shop and re­lax? My fa­vorite spots in the past 15 years are my mother’s Ur­ban Zen store in Sag Har­bor and—when I'm not dressed in Ur­ban Zen—i al­ways love beau­ti­ful vin­tage items. Last year at the Hamp­ton Clas­sic I bought a great deep-blue vin­tage bo­hemian dress at Joey Wölf­fer’s Style­liner. I love what she does. Out­side my restau­rant world I spend most of time at the barn and at horse shows, as my daugh­ter Ste­fa­nia loves to ride. 56 Nu­gent St., Southamp­ton, 631-3773611; tut­toil­giorno.com

Gabby Karan De Felice's re­vamped Southamp­ton restau­rant is a fam­ily af­fair— in­clud­ing her hus­band and mother-in-law.

Clock­wise from top left: The shaded pa­tio at Tutto Il Giorno; sig­na­ture dish Penne with Egg­plant and Toma­toes; many pieces of dé­cor come from the other Karan's Ur­ban Zen col­lec­tion.

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