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 on 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”.


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WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather, this cooking demonstration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 17th, 2016.  The Simons Center is pleased to announce the 1st cooking demonstration of the Spring 2016 Culinary Master Series!

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The Culinary Master Series Harvest Moon Dinner

The Simons Center is pleased to announce the 2nd cooking demonstration of the Autumn 2015 Culinary Master Series!

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SCGP Cafe in the news!

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is thrilled to announce that the SCGP Cafe has been mentioned in Newsday!  Restaurants near Stony Brook University Newsday Explore Stony Brook University Story (1)

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Culinary Master Series – Autumn 2015

The Simons Center is delighted to announce the Autumn 2015 Culinary Master Series with Chef Paolo Fontana! 

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SCGP Chef Paolo Fontana Raises a Glass with Dan’s Papers

The Simon’s Center for Geometry and Physics is proud to announce that our very own chef, Paolo Fontana, has received a notable mention in Dan’s Papers as he raises a glass to Dan’s Taste of Summer. “Dan’s Taste of Summer […]

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Culinary Masters Series: Cooking Demonstrations with Chef Paolo: ‘What Else? It’s Cinco de Mayo!’ Tuesday May 5

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 “What Else? It’s Cinco de Mayo!”, Tuesday May 5. A fiesta of […]

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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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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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