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Dec 27, 2006 01:22 PM

Italian takeout in lower Westchester

Has anybody been to Abatino's in White Plains? I'm looking for good Italian takeout and I heard it's great. If not, any other suggestions? Many thanks.

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  1. It was good, not great. As is Silvio's, Graziella's, La Manda's, and Mamma Francesca's - Hawthorne, White Plains (2), and New Rochelle, respectively. All would have take out, I imagine. Even Via Appia in Silverlake is good, imo.

    Gavi in Armonk is very good, I was very pleased with Scaramella's in Ardsley, and Rustico in Hartsdale. Again, I would imagine they all will do takeout.

    I would stay away from Enzo's in Mamaroneck, Lusardi in Larchmont and my nemesis Gina Marie in Eastchester.

    But great? I would LOVE to read of a GREAT Italian restaurant in Westchester, or even within an hour drive of White Plains.

    I've been searching and searching and have yet to find a 'great' Italian restaurant in this area.

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    1. re: dolores

      I don't know if it qualifies as "great" but very good to excellent is Trattoria Vivolo in Harrison.

      1. re: dolores

        Any opinions about Mamma Assunta in Tuckahoe? They've been there a long time. Friends took us a few weeks ago and food was very good. I like the fact that they didn't seem to rush you. Take-out should be OK as well.

        I don't think you can go too wrong with Valentino's or Dom and Vinnie's either; I would return to any of these places.

        As far as "great" or better than home cooking, well that can be tough and everyones's yardstick is different. When eating in (not takeout) I prefer a relaxed place with good but not rushed service.

        1. re: gnocchi

          Yes, laylag, I have heard about Trattoria Vivolo (the one in the diner, right?) and have them on my list.

          No, gnocchi, I hadn't heard of Mamma Assunta. They look interesting. Yes, I sure agree on Valentino. Dom and Vinnie looks like a place I have to try, as does their new restaurant Azzurri in Thornwood. Thanks.

          Janet3457, I would guess that all of these recommendations provide takeout, let us know how you fare.

          1. re: dolores

            Thanks to everyone for their posts. As of today, I'm leaning towards Valentino's - I just spoke with them and they will make a pasta and a chicken dish that will reheat well.
            Happy New Year to all!

        2. re: dolores

          Look no further than Lusardi's in Larchmont. The food is consistantly great and the service is incredible. Attentive and friendly with out being over bearing.
          Sit by the fireplace in the cold months for a special treat.

          1. re: momof3

            Really? I found them overpriced, average in overpriced food quality (Enzo is on a par with them), pompously important and a legend in their own minds. Italian food equal in price and quality is plentiful in Westchester. I'm still looking for the 'great' Italian restaurant in Westchester or an hour beyond. I'd rather go down a notch and do the La Sala or Mamma Francesca than think I'm getting something more for the umpteen dollars more at Lusardi. The food is the same, it's just the prices that are less.

        3. Abatino's is better eating in than taking out. I was very disappointed recently with a take-out order and then the next week ate in the restaurant and was pleased. We really like A'Mangiare.They have a few locations. For the best Italian food, not cooked at home, I'd go 20 minutes south to Arthur Avenue.

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          1. re: lucyis

            Where in particular on Arthur Avenue, lucyis? I didn't like the elbows in my calamari at Domenic's, nor the waiting patrons breathing down my neck.

            Another trip there, we couldn't get a table anywhere and we ended up at Valentino's in Yonkers (forgot about them, they were very good imo).

            But you're right, I want an Italian meal better than I can cook at home.

            1. re: dolores

              Try Roberto's. Not on Arthur Avenue but in the area (although I do enjoy Dominick's...).
              We were last there a couple weeks ago, and the food was fabulous and plentiful. They do not take reservations though, so get there early or late. Uh, oh...guess this is off topic, sorry...

              1. re: Marge

                I second Roberto's! I've never had dinner there, but have had many lovely lunches there. Look for the pasta specials, especially the ones cooked in foil. They've had butternut squash and mushroom ones that are to die for.

          2. I know what you mean, dolores, about Dominick's. You have to be in the mood for that intimate neighborhood experience. Our fav on the avenue is Pasquale's Rigoletto (like the opera). It has its own parking lot in the back and the service is friendly and respectful. They serve a platter of garlicky bruschetta and chunks of parmesan cheese so you can munch while you decide on your order.
            If you want to stay in Westchester and don't mind a leisurely, and possibly expensive, meal try Zanaro's in the City center complex.We did begin this thread with a question about take-out and Zanaro's does take out also.

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            1. re: lucyis

              Yikes...Did Zanaro's go through Seismic Change? Three attempts or so have been c-

            2. Zanaro's in WP's City Center? I'm would be happy to learn that it's now a wonderful restaurant, but we went there about a year ago and it was memorably HORRIBLE - the service was awful and the food inedible. I can't imagine their takeout wouldn't follow the same formula...

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              1. re: MarkD

                I second MarkD's impression of Zanaro's. If you go for a chain Italian, you can't get better than Papa Razzi, just down the street on N Broadway and Main Street. It's better than most Mom and Pop Italians and the service is wonderfull. My only concern is that the location is so bad, they may not survive. It's not visible from Main Street, where most pedestrian traffic is.

                1. re: petezee

                  Good recommendation, petezee. I went there ages ago and it was quite good. However, that was back when I willingly paid for parking in White Plains, so I haven't been back since Nordstrom validated for parking.

                  But Papa Razzi is comfortable, service was good, and food was quite good.

                  1. re: petezee

                    Papa Razzi has closed. A new restaurant is going in, along with new stores, etc. in the pavillion. The entire lobby is now under construction and is being extended out into the pavillion. Panero's Bread is also rumored to be going into the pavillion, in addition to the new restaurant taking over Papa Razzi's. The location isn't what did Papa Razzi in. The never advertised themselves, the food has been going down hill for the last several years, and it became very tired. I work in the building and their safest food choices was down to salads or pizza. Gambelli's was in that location for years and was always packed.

                    1. re: wplady

                      Think you are a little premature on the report of Papa Razzi's demise. I just called Papa Razzi and they are open for dinner tonight.

                      However... when I asked twice if they were closing, each time they did give the same, cryptic, "We have not heard anything from our parent company" statement.

                      I really hope they don't close. I haven't seen any deterioration in in quality at all. I think once they get more foot traffic, they'll be fine.

                      1. re: petezee

                        The Papa Razzi business has been up for sale for the past year. They originally were asking $250K, and then it kept dropping, because too much renovation was needed, which made that pricing too high, and it was put out that they would take any reasonable offer. I know the commercial agent handling the transaction. In fact, one of the local caterers almost went to lease on it over six months ago, but there were terms in the lease that he would not go along with. Every restauranteur in the area knew it was on the market. They are definitely goners and they weren't suppose to see the New Year, but the leases with the new tenant were delayed.

                        1. re: wplady

                          It's official. Papa Razzi is closed. Their Thank You for Your Patronage sign went up...the doors are locked and they are packing up the tables and furniture. The new restaurant going in will be the same owners are Bellizzi in Mt. Kisco and Larchmont. Not sure if they will be following the same "family" theme.

                  2. re: MarkD

                    Zanaro's has been through a drastic change since they first opened. The food has improved greatly.

                  3. We've had take out from Abatino's and it's always been good. We also like Frank's on Putnam Ave. in Port Chester (but beware, they are closed on Sundays). Their vodka sauce is fabulous and their menu is huge, something for everyone.