Supposed Mafia hangout in N. Westchester with ricotta cheesecake??
This is a long shot but I had a bout of nostalgia and was wondering about a restaurant my aunt took me to probably 35 years ago. I don't have a lot to go on and it may no longer exist but if it does, I'd love to go back. All I remember is that it was in Northern Westchester -- perhaps near Pleasantville or somewhere close to but south of Peekskill. It was, I think, a house that had been turned into a restaurant. I seem to feel that there was a parking lot to its immediate right. I believe it was not in a town but in the countryside. My aunt said it was known as a place the Mafia would hang out (and she was a pretty prim and proper person so for her to say this either means it really was notorious or she was exaggerating something benign). All I remember is that it had a really good ricotta cheesecake.
Is this enough for someone to identify this place?
I know this is an old post but I know exactly where you're talking about. It's a little north of Pleasantville, in South Salem. I grew up there and pretty much everyone in town knows what goes on there, but it is a fabulous little restaurant. Brick Oven pizza "bar" on one side and upscale restaurant on the other. It is tucked away in the country away from the actual "town".
I'm thinking that your talking about the old Ciro's, it was out between Croton and Yorktown, I had an uncle that used to work there as a waiter. But that place is long gone. I'm not sure of the road but I think it was on Rt. 129?? It could have also been 118?? There was always talk of that having definite Mafia ties.....allegedly, sorry I don't remember their cheesecake though.
Regarding the supposedly Mafia hangout it certainly was not Le Fontane. They havent been around long enough.Before they arrived I think it was a bar restaurant called Tommys.
I remember Ciros and recalled that Ciro made a great Lobster lasagna. He sold the restaurant and then had to return when the new owners failed to make payments. A short while later it burned down.
Le Fontane Restaurant
137 Route 100, Katonah, NY 10536