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Feb 6, 2006 10:15 PM

LaManda's Restaurant in White Plains

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  1. Just had lunch there a couple of weeks ago. The salad was delicious didn't care much for the pizza though.

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    1. re: deb

      don't go there. i used to love lamanda's and ordered from them a lot. one time i ordered their soup and there were a bunch of little fruit flies in my gf's soup. she took a few out. we called the restaurant, they came to pick it up and give us a new soup and also, without asking, gave us a $25 gift certificate. 10 minutes later i got a phone call from the manager cursing me out and screaming telling me that i was a lier and that i was banned from the restaurant because he couldn't find any. why would someone lie about finding disgusting fruit flies in their soup? i have never been back, am not invited back, and will never recommend it to anyone again. ugh. i suggest going to franscesca's on mamaroneck ave instead. good food and good old school atmosphere.

      1. re: jon
        Deborah Davidson

        I don't care for LaMandas - it was about the first restaurant I went to in Westchester back in the late 70's, and it wasn't great then, even less so now. And yes, the pizza is not good. Service isn't great, and no credit cards is a pain.
        However, I went once to Francesca's because of recs on this board (about a year or so ago) and we didn't like it at all. I love dumps, but this place creeped me out. Also, it seemed if you weren't known to management you got horrible and attitudinal service. Attitude at a dump??
        For local Italian in the WP area, I would recommend Ernesto's on the higher end and Magnotta's on the lower end. Magnotta's pizza is good (you cannot order pizza or heroes in Ernesto's dining room, only the "pizza" room). Other good if not great local places are Italian Village on Central Ave in Hartsdale and Ciao in Eastchester. If you are looking for take out pizza, I highly recommend the new place in Hartsdale on the same side of the street as the train station - starts with a C I think. Order it the way I do - very thin crust, very well done, very little cheese.

        1. re: Deborah Davidson

          I wholeheartedly agree on LaManda and Francesco's, wouldn't go back to either.

          LaManda's food was okay, but I don't appreciate (shades of Gina Marie) getting my entree shoved in my face while my salad fork is still to my mouth. Or, in Gina Marie's case, getting the salad and the entree whilst still on the appetizer. But I digress.

          LaManda continually rushed us, no matter how many times we went back.

          Francesco's ain't all that. Again, the food is okay, but there is like food to be had elsewhere -- Graziella, Abatino, Pierro's, TJ's, Pasta e Pesce, Via Appia (although not the last time we were there, from the sound of it), and more. The place is in bad need of renovation, and the genial welcome is reserved for the regulars.

          A Mangaria (I think is the name) has been recommended to me for pizza, but I have not yet tried it.

          Nah, don't give LaManda and Francesco's your money.

          1. re: dolores
            Dim Sum Diva

            You can also try Sal's Pizza on Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck. Haven't been to La Manada in many years but the one time we did go it was a horrible experience.

            1. re: dolores

              I've eaten at A'Mangiare. Not great but better than decent. Actually didn't have the pizza, had entrees but the pizza "looked" good.

              1. re: dolores

                I was wondering, is Pasta e Pesce still in business? I was driving down that stretch of road last weekend and don't believe I saw it up there on the hill.

                1. re: gnocchi

                  Pasta e Pesce is out of business I believe, at least it is no longer at the location that it was. As far as LaManda's is concerned, I always loved it there but in the last several years it has become very inconsistent. I like their pizza but their shrimp scampi was almost inedible, there was a thick yellow gel like sauce on it (there may of been butter in it but there was something else, it really was like a gel, not what I expect from shrimp scampi).

        2. I think your folks are over reacting. Until last week, it had been 15 years since I had been to LaManda's. Then, through circumstsnces that I had no control over, I had two meals in a 20 day timeframe; one luch and one dinner. For the lunch, We had apps & pizza. All great. My wife, very particular about pizza, loved it as did I. Pizza was hot, thin and the crust nice and crispy. The dinner was rolled chicken, the daily special which was their version of clams and fish over pasta, sides and apps again. And for the second time, very good indeed. For the low price, good food, and a very helpful waitstaff, I'd go back again, any time.

          And Ernestos is excellent. Try to call ahead, or ask the man himself if he is there, if they can make the stuffed veal chop. Simply the best in Westchester.

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          1. re: BGM

            I've had solid meals at LaManda's as well. I love their salad, and other pasta dishes too (sorry, specifics elude me at the moment). Plus, I love the "tacky factor-" reminds me of places we went to when we were kids.

          2. We go to LaManda's all the time. It is classic red sauce Italian food in a 1940s family atmosphere. Not fancy, but we love the food and the people. The owners now have a more upscale restaurant in Scarsdale I believe and they did move some of the old line waitstaff there. I remember a time when there would NEVER be a female wait person at LaManda's. If you go and you want a little quiet go at 4 pm! Otherwise relax and get into the atmosphere! Try the salad, the mussels, the pizza garlic bread, the shrimp scampi and my favorite, the pasta with mushroom sauce. This restaurant is like an old friend!

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            1. re: russrobin

              Food is good.

              Ask that you not be rushed.

              You don't want your entree brought to the table when you are still eating your salad.


            2. Best cold scungili salad I've ever had. The scungil is probably canned but it is tender and just the right balance of garlic, lemon, oil, etc in the dressing. That, warm loaf of bread, couple glasses of chianti.............
              What upscale restaurant in scardale do they own???

              1. La Mandas is a great place, but it surprisingly takes a little time to appreciate it. I had to try the salad three times before I gained the respect I have for it, and now I'm literally hooked. The sauces, Pizziola, Scarparelli, Marinara and Fra diablo (just butchered their spelling) are fantastic. I've tried Ernesto's and Francesco's but wasn't as impressed as with La Mandas. Then again my review doesn't address service or ambiance, strictly a food guy.