A Day with Chef Marco / by David Korchin

Marco Pellegrini, Executive Chef and Partner of Caci, Southold NY

I recently had a fascinating assignment with Edible East End magazine, spending the day with an Italian chef as he made his rounds of several producers around the North Fork of Long Island. Italian Chef Marco Pellegrini leads the kitchen at Caci, in Southold, New York, and given his predilections for terrific food, and his deep experience at Umbrian restaurants (most recently with the notable Castello di Reschio) our visit to various vineyards and farms in the area was bound to be revealing. Caci's appeal is based entirely on procuring the best local offerings—a strategy one might call "'Fork to table," and it was clear that as a Chef who wants the best, Marco Pellegrini is very much in his element.

Overlooking the fields at Macari Vineyards, Mattituck NY

Fallen fruit. Breeze Hill Farms, Peconic, NY

At the Krupski Farms produce tunnels, Mattituck NY