Friday, April 3, 2009
"The Most Bizarre Human Creation on All Long Island"
Our trip to the city this past week took us on a different route than usual. Just to the east of the Speonk train station we came across the Casa Basso Restaurant off the Montauk Highway in Westhampton. I don't quite know what to say about these towering musketeers at the entrance, but they practically insisted I take a picture of them, even though the day was foggy. Here's a pertinent bit from a restaurant review I came across on The Hamptons Web. And after that, a postcard image from the 50s, if you're in a now and then frame of mind.
Italian; Seafood. My grandparents loved it, my parents loved it, and I love it, as much for the grounds as for the restaurant. To quote from William Stevens' Discovering Long Island (1939), "...the most bizarre human creation on all Long Island." Referred to therein are the sculptures and edifices dotting the front and side lawns of this fine very upscale traditional Italian restaurant. Be sure to leave plenty of time for this dining experience, as you are visiting an art museum as well. Once you enter, walking under the swords of two twelve-foot-tall concrete fencing musketeers, you will find a miniature castle, prancing horses, nests of horse's heads, lions, mythological characters, etc. The sculptures were created by Theophilus Brower over fifty years ago, and will long designate this little "park" as a local landmark. Oh yes... the restaurant serves a fine array of well-prepared Italian specialty dishes. Don't miss this one, and bring the kids, if you can afford it. Entree price range: $18.95 to $26.00. Closed Mondays
(UPDATE: click here for Casa Basso's Wikipedia entry.)