Simons Center Cafe

About the Café: 

The Simons Center Café is a new restaurant with a fresh and modern style that focuses on organically inspired French, Italian, and American cuisines.

The menu is crafted daily by Chef Paolo Fontana. The array of options for soups, salads, entrees, and desserts is bound to leave you longing for more! The Café’s inspiration is fueled by New York City and Long Island style of cooking and living– fresh and vibrant.

Contact the Café:

For reservations:  631-632-2881

Breakfast Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Café is located in the second floor of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

About the Chef:

Chef Paolo Fontana’s story is a simple one. From his early cooking years to working with renowned Chefs, everything that Paolo Fontana has achieved is grander, richer, and just plain flavorful.

Chef Paolo grew up in New York; a young boy of immigrant Sicilian parents. His love for cooking started at a very young age when he would spend time in the kitchen cooking with his mother.

Throughout his life, Chef Paolo studied in Avellino (Italy), The Culinary Institute of America in New York, Stony Brook University, and NYU. Chef Paolo has also devoted himself to teaching the art of cooking to others as a culinary instructor at NYIT in New York.

Chef Paolo has worked as an apprentice to world-renowned chef Mario Batali and as sous chef for one of his personal favorites, Chef Michael Romano. His talent and skills have taken him to an array of restaurants. He has worked for New York culinary landmarks such as Union Square Café, Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, and most recently, Mirabelle, under award winning and La Toque d’Argent recipient, Chef Guy Reuge. He has also worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

After a successful career  in kitchens around the world and after opening his own restaurant Bracci, Chef Paolo wanted a new passion to call his own. He is currently the executive chef at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Café and serves as a consultant for major corporations. When he is not in the kitchen working on his marvelous creations, he is spending time in his organic garden or making glass mosaics.

You will find him at our Café creating devilishly good masterpieces that focus on French, Italian, and American cuisines.

As Chef Paolo quotes “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity – Voltaire”.


Culinary Masters Series: Cooking Demonstrations with Chef Paolo: ‘Is it Spring Yet?’, Tuesday April 7

We are pleased to announce a new series of culinary classes at the SCGP Cafe. Chef Paolo Fontana is now offering themed cooking demonstrations – Next class is “Is it Spring Yet?”, Tuesday April 7. In this demonstration, Chef Paolo […]

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SCGP Cafe Wins Long Island’s Local Heroes Contest

And The Local Hero Award Goes To SCGP Cafe! Read on for more information below – Congratulations Chef Paolo Fontana, and dining managers Julie Pasquier and Maria Reuge. Come visit the SCGP Cafe this spring to try our innovative and […]

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SCGP Cafe Fall Fest

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SCGP Cafe at Harvest East End 2014

Read about the SCGP Cafe featured at this years Harvest East End Festival – congrats Chef Paolo Fontana and the SCGP Cafe team on a job well done!                         […]

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Constructive Interference at the SCGP Cafe

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is pleased to announce that Chef Paolo Fontana and Dining Manager Julie Pasquier have taken over the management of the SCGP Café with third partner Maria Reuge, co-founder of Mirabelle restaurant, effective July […]

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SCGP Cafe Summer Fest – Friday July 25

Music, Dancing, Food Starts at 5:00pm – Food Tickets are $20.00 Reservations and Walk-In Welcome! For more information call or email: 631-632-2881

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Valentine’s Day Lunch at the SCGP Cafe

Join us for a beautiful lunch And a complimentary dessert Extended hours: 11:30am to 3:30pm Call 631-632-2881/ email :

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‘Food Physics’ Art Exhibition

FOOD PHYSICS: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday November 6th Opening Reception Featuring a Molecular Gastronomy Cooking Demonstration by Chef Paolo, and Talk by Artist Mia Brownell. 5:30pm – Wine and Cheese Reception with Cooking Demonstration by Chef Paolo – “Spherification” (see more […]

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SCGP Chef Paolo Fontana Receives Notable Mention at the 2013 Harvest East End

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is proud to announce that our very own chef, Paolo Fontana, has received notable mention for his one-of-a-kind crème brûlée which he served up to rave reviews at the Harvest East End, Saturday August […]

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SCGP Cafe Event – Telescope Viewing of the Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, May 28

The astronomical event of the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus will take place the evening of May 28 Join the SCGP Cafe for an evening of food, wine pairing, and telescope viewing on our outdoor patio terrace.   Details: May […]

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