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Looking for an Italian spot in Westchester

Chrissyd7 Aug 11, 2007 10:10 AM

Not looking for anything fany or upscale, just a really good meal. My husband and i have a night alone and I could go for yummy Italian. Any good suggestions? I prefer Central or Southern Westchester...

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    dolores RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 11, 2007 01:11 PM

    You and me both, Chrissyd7. If you want good, not great, here are my current favs:

    Graziella's, White Plains
    Azzurri, Thornwood
    T&J's, Portchester
    Silvio's, Thornwood
    Mamma Francesca, New Rochelle
    Totonno's, Yonkers
    Villa Nova, Pelham
    Valentino's, Yonkers
    Piero's, Portchester
    Abatino's, North White Plains
    Casa Rina, Thornwood
    Spadafino's, Hawthorne
    Scaramella's, Dobbs Ferry
    Ernesto, White Plains
    Emilio, Harrison
    Gavi, Armonk
    La Manda's, White Plains

    Stay away from:

    Gina Marie's, Tuckahoe
    Alba's, Portchester
    Lusardi, Larchmont
    Bastone's, New Rochelle
    Ciao, Eastchester
    Enzo's, Mamaroneck

    And with all of those, I still don't have a place to call 'mine' for weekly dining.

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      addictedtolunch RE: dolores Aug 12, 2007 05:38 PM

      New one I thought was ok, Belle Bella in downtown New Rochelle

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        jeanki RE: dolores Aug 14, 2007 12:06 PM

        For old school casual homey, I like Francesco's in White Plains.

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          elleinthecity RE: dolores Aug 20, 2007 08:08 AM

          WHat's the negative about Bastones? I used to go to the Pine Tavern in the bronx as a kid, and then found this place when it was Frankie and Johnnie's Pine North. I thought it was decent, but the Chowfolks say it's not. What's up? I'd love to go back, but not if we're going to have an awful food experience.

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            dolores RE: elleinthecity Aug 20, 2007 08:12 AM

            I was there twice with Mr. dolores and his mother. Both times my mother-in-law's chicken came to the table nearly raw. Pink, nearly clucking, nearly pecking at the ground for seed, nearly alive raw.

            Twice. Two separate occasions.

            Would I go back a third time?


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              billyparsons RE: dolores Aug 25, 2007 06:43 PM

              Wow Dolores...

              First time... hear ye, hear ye. I'm with you.

            2. re: elleinthecity
              GIOny RE: elleinthecity Aug 25, 2007 07:17 PM

              It's always been about quanity not quality there and F&J IMHO.

            3. re: dolores
              NickM RE: dolores Aug 25, 2007 05:10 PM

              I've had a couple of good meals at Trattoria Vivolo in Harrison. Good, but not pretentious, food and service.

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                laylag RE: NickM Sep 7, 2007 02:58 PM

                I'm with you Nick. I've posted a few times about Vivolo but it seems to be really under the radar here. Good food, pleasant comfortable atmosphere. Not an amazing place but better than a lot.

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                intrepid RE: dolores Sep 9, 2007 02:17 PM

                try giorgios/la trattoria in new rochelle....george from palmer crossing..food is darn good for weekly

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                  Nilsen31 RE: dolores Sep 20, 2007 09:51 AM

                  I know the owners of both Graziella's and Ernestos and would recommend both.

                  I also enjoy Amangiare in White Plains...although they have several locations.

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                    jake135 RE: dolores Sep 30, 2007 08:19 AM

                    Have you heard of Nessa restaurant in Port Chester?? I have been there several times and can't get enough of it. The food is sooooooo amazing and extremely consistant. The kitchen is run by a chef that has worked in a few of the better restautants in NYC like Bouley and Picholine but I hear that he also went and cooked in Italy for some time, Tuscany, Brady Duhane. You can truly feel his passion and soul through the food.
                    The restaurant is beautiful, made with a lot of stained wood and cool curtains hanging to seperate the bar from the dinning room, it has a feel of a NYC restaurant.
                    In the new Westchester magizine they were awarded 3 out of four stars and was a great write up but a little confusing because they had mentioned that the "pastas are good but not as stellar as the sandwhiches", that is weird because me and my freinds are addicted to every pasta on the menu.
                    Anyway, try Nessa and let me know what you think, and if anyone has been there and read the west. mag article let me know what you think????

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                      laylag RE: jake135 Sep 30, 2007 11:24 AM

                      Just ate at Nessa last night for the first time and oddly, from our selections, I'd agree with Westchester Magazine although I usually find their restaurant reviews amateurish and sycophantic: overly complimentary and more focused on what they think their readers think based on levels of popularity rather than the actual quality of the food and overall experience.

                      That said, I agree about the pasta. We had the rigatoni bolognese w/fresh ricotta and it was our least favorite thing last night. The dish was neither better nor worse than that served at the most ordinary pasta/pizza joints. The bolognese lacked depth and complexity of flavor, the ricotta didn't add anything and actually muddled the dish.Even the rigatoni itself was overcooked.

                      However, the rest of our food was wonderful. Two bruschettas - prosciutto and fig and the white bean-truffle-tomato- were excellent abut would agree with many other chowhounds who've stated they are overpriced at $3 each piece. Two of each for $3 or even $3.50 would be appropriate. The fig/bacon/gorgonzola appetizer was delicious as was our lamb panini.

                      Now the chicken under a brick - if I could only eat chicken prepared one way for the rest of my life, this would be it and the spinach and potato puree served with it were equally stellar.

                      Our dessert - rice pudding with fresh berries was a perfect blend of creaminess and texture, not too sweet and the underlying warmth made it luxuriously indulgent. Our espessos tasted a bit burnt but were drinkable.

                      Our waitress was - eh. We brought our own bottle of wine for a $25 corkage fee. After she opened it she never came back to refill our glasses. The service was a bit rushed - the courses came out much too quickly and before we'd even finished our dessert she dropped the check on the table as if the place were a diner. Not cool and really ticked my husband off. He used to work in restaurants and now is in a related business and he generally overtips at even the most casual of restaurants and especially in higher end restaurants. We noticed there was an empty two-top to our left and one to our right and quite a few people at the bar although a few tables were open here and there. My husband realized she was trying to get rid of us because they were going to make a six top out of it and they did. Host probably shouldn't have seated us there as there were other two tops available when we arrived and still available when we left (we went early). The waitress the waitress compounded that mistake and combined with her other gaffes, lost herself some money as he decided not to tip her on the corkage and left 18% instead of our usual 20.

                      We will be going back and really liked it a lot. Thought pricing was fair on some items, not so much on other. $25 for THAT chicken - no problem. $22 for the rigaton - a rip-off. $8 panini - perfect. $3 each for the aforementioned small single bruschetta - offputting.

                  2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 11, 2007 04:18 PM

                    How about A'Mangiare? Nothing too special in terms of atmosphere (especially depending on location-- Pville is terribly cramped, Elmsford is larger but annoyingly has the TV on in one section, and White Plains is crowded) but the food is consistently good-- pastas, pizzas, etc.

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                      Chrissyd7 RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 11, 2007 06:00 PM

                      We do A'Mangiare in P'ville alot for take out - love the food but want some place we haven't tried. I think we'll try Spadafino's since it's 9pm already and it's only 1/2 mile from the house. Thanks for the suggestions!

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                        Avalondaughter RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 12, 2007 05:23 AM

                        I'll take exception to Lusardis. It's one of my favorite restaurants. However, it's pricey.

                        I like Piccolo Mulino in Mamaroneck. I used to like Oseteria Marietta in Mamaroneck as well, but they recently changed names and chef. I've never been to Piero's in Port Chester, but I've heard nothing but good things about it.

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                          Shawn RE: Avalondaughter Aug 12, 2007 06:07 AM

                          I don't understand the inclusion of Lusardi's on the must avoid list, either. While the food there isn't remarkable, it is reliable. Whether it's worth the price is debatable, but it's hardly a bad restaurant. On the other hand, our one meal at Graziella's was awful.

                          I like Piccolo Mulino in Mamaroneck as well. The only problem there is that the tables are smashed so close together (admittedly, the place is tiny) that you feel like you're on top of the other diners.

                          Of all the neighborhood Italians, lately we have been returning the most frequently to T & J's in Port Chester. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the food there, it is always well prepared and plentiful, the service is friendly and the prices are good. Piero's used to be our go-to place, but over the years we noticed a decline in quality, and there were too many times that we felt rushed through our meal, so we stopped going.

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                            dolores RE: Shawn Aug 12, 2007 07:27 AM

                            It's a 'must avoid' for me. That was my opinion. YMMV.

                            I found Lusardi stuffy and pompous. The food was very good, but the service was similar to the French place in Rye whose name happily escapes me. Lusardi is not the only game in town for the type of food (expensive Northern Italian) they serve, so I won't be going back.

                            I haven't been to Piero's in awhile, but if they're now into the 'serve the entree while I have my salad fork to my mouth' mode, I am glad for the update. This is one of my major pet peeves, and again, WHY do these (especially a place like Gina Marie's or Piero's or La Manda's) red sauce Italians THINK they can get away with it?

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                              MRS RE: dolores Aug 12, 2007 07:34 AM

                              I beg to differ regarding Piero's. The food is always excellent and I do not ever feel rushed. Peter is a fabulous host and is eager to make his customers happy at all costs. We love it there!

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                                dolores RE: MRS Aug 12, 2007 07:38 AM

                                Okay, thanks, then I'll have to try Piero's again myself, and make up my own mind.

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                                  Shawn RE: MRS Aug 12, 2007 09:08 AM

                                  I should try Piero's again, too. To be fair, we haven't gone in a few years, so maybe the rushed service issues we had have disappeared.

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                                  Avalondaughter RE: dolores Aug 14, 2007 10:14 AM

                                  Is the place in Rye La Panetierre by any chance? I once called there just to make a reservation and they were snotty. It turned out I wanted a night where the restaurant was closed for vacation for the week. The woman who answered the phone acted is if I should have known this already.

                                  I've never had bad service at Lusardis though. I can even recall one time the waiter joking with me when I asked him to wrap up my remains and I said how much I enjoyed it and he smiled and said, "Is this breakfast tomorrow?"

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                                    dolores RE: Avalondaughter Aug 14, 2007 10:38 AM

                                    Yes, that's the French place in Rye.

                                    I may have to give Lusardi another chance.

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                                      jeanki RE: Avalondaughter Aug 30, 2007 12:17 PM

                                      I went to Lusardi's for the first time and agree more with Shawn's take. It wasn't mindblowing but still solidly above average northern Italian food, and I thought the service was good. It was one of the few places I've been to that showed flexibility regarding the menu: they volunteered the option of a 3-in-1 pasta entree if you wanted to sample an array of them, and they made a dish we requested off the menu. I thought the setting was nice: old fashioned but elegant, not stuffy. A little pricey (although not horribly so), and the desserts were a highlight (try the panna cotta).

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                                        laylag RE: jeanki Sep 7, 2007 03:12 PM

                                        I like Lusardi's too. It's unfortunately too pricey for us to be a "regular" go-to sort of place but we have enjoyed out meals there. They will customize dishes and make things that aren't on the menu - graciously and at prices comparable to the regular menu. Service is always very good.

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                                    shellyesq RE: Shawn Aug 12, 2007 02:39 PM

                                    I'd third T&J's. It's solid food and two pluses for us - it's relatively kid-friendly (i.e. no one rolls their eyes or seems put out when we show up with a kid) and it delivers. I don't know if it's worth a trip from far away, but good if you're in the vicinity.

                                    Haven't been to La Manda's in a while, but the last two times I was there, the food seemed off. Maybe overly salty? It turned us off and we haven't been back.

                                    I've only been once, but I liked Alba's.

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                                      Dim Sum Diva RE: shellyesq Aug 13, 2007 06:04 AM

                                      I tried Augies yesterday, and it was...satisfactory. What they have in their favor is portion size.

                                      I think the one that goes above and beyond is Frank's on Putnam Ave. in Port Chester. It's like they took the old red sauce menu and gave it a modern twist. Dolores, I would especially love your assessment of that place, we just love their food. My only qualm with them is that they are closed on Sundays-- the day you want them the most!

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                                        dolores RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 13, 2007 06:20 AM

                                        Thanks for the pointer Dim Sum Diva. Are they on that corner that was so often vacated by so many restaurants, just after the liquor store and just before you go into CT?

                                        If not, where are they? I'd like to give them a try for sure.

                                        Nice to know there are two new places for me to try, Lia's and now Franks's!

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                                          Dim Sum Diva RE: dolores Aug 13, 2007 07:18 AM

                                          They are at 23 Putnam Ave., PC, sort of across from that big liquor store. I don't think it's that "cursed" corner, I think they've been where they are for years. They had a fire a few years back and updated the place. But you can still go in and see Mamma sitting at the front table or serving as hostess. I am gaga for their salads, wraps, bruschetta, garlic knots and vodka sauce. Everything else is good too, pizza, entrees.

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                                            dolores RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 13, 2007 07:32 AM

                                            Hah, so that other 'is' a cursed corner!

                                            Thanks so much, I've written Frank's down as a 'must try out' place.

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                                              amanda3571 RE: dolores Aug 13, 2007 10:41 AM

                                              I really like Nessa in PC.

                                  3. re: Avalondaughter
                                    laylag RE: Avalondaughter Sep 27, 2007 09:48 AM

                                    Went to Tavola Calda last night - formerly Osteria Marietta. Service was wonderful and gracious. Owner was charming and accommodating. Unfortunately food was less than spectacular. The hot peppers and caponata on the table were good as was the baked pizza dough wedges to eat with it. However, on the stuff we actually ordered - Pizza - half Margherita/half another version while nicely thin and crisp at edges was soggy and limp under the sauce. Sauce was bland and the insufficient amount of fresh mozzarella didn't have that "fresh taste". The toppings on the other half were also bland. Husbands ceasar salad lacked parmesan and lettuce was chopped into very small pieces like a chop salad. His Saltimbocca was good, my chicken scapariello was passable. I ordered an iced tea and they made me a "fresh one" which resulted in it being served a bit warm. I'd have preferred they tell me they didn't have any made.

                                    The prices are amazingly reasonable, servings are generous and so we may go back to try again. I so want to like this place, decor is pleasant and comfortable and it's close but it didn't live up to my modest expectations.

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                                      Shawn RE: laylag Sep 27, 2007 11:46 AM

                                      Are these the same owners as the former place?

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                                        laylag RE: Shawn Sep 27, 2007 01:40 PM

                                        I think so. The sign there said only the name was changed but someone else posted that the chef had changed as well. We'd been once before (almost two years ago) when it was Osteria and had basically the same reaction - not great, not terrible but...eh.

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                                          dolores RE: laylag Sep 28, 2007 02:48 AM

                                          But not especially worth seeking out, right laylag?

                                          Is that the place down the alley on Mamaroneck Ave. in the middle of two stores? I can't think of where this place is.

                                          1. re: dolores
                                            Shawn RE: dolores Sep 28, 2007 06:26 AM

                                            It's right across the street from the train station on Halstead.

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                                              dolores RE: Shawn Sep 28, 2007 06:43 AM

                                              Ah, okay, thanks Shawn.

                                  4. Cheese Boy RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 13, 2007 08:55 PM

                                    Can anyone comment on this place in PC? ... Hostaria Mazzei

                                    Link: http://www.hostariamazzei.com/

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                                      Dim Sum Diva RE: Cheese Boy Aug 14, 2007 07:22 AM

                                      Cheese Boy, this used to be Tony May's Hostaria. It is not your standard red sauce place, it's more upscale. They have a brick oven and make pizzas and other dishes in there. Good pasta, salads. Pricing is more expensive than your local mom & pop Italian place.

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                                        dolores RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 14, 2007 07:35 AM

                                        I liked Tony May's. They had theme dinners a few times a year, where you had to sit with strangers. That was fun, and the food was outstanding.

                                        Then suddenly, poof! they were gone. Further proof that nothing good lasts in Westchester.

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                                          Avalondaughter RE: dolores Aug 14, 2007 10:17 AM

                                          I loved Tony May's. I was very excited to eat at San Domenico last year and found the food and service was awful. I was shocked that Tony May could have a restaurant as wonderful as Hostaria and have his more upscale restaurant in the city be so crappy.

                                        2. re: Dim Sum Diva
                                          Cheese Boy RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 14, 2007 09:08 AM

                                          I was all excited when I saw their menu !

                                          Diva, thank you for the update.

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                                          vvvindaloo RE: Cheese Boy Aug 26, 2007 04:48 PM

                                          Hostaria is very good, possibly my (very) Italian family's favorite.

                                        4. byrd RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 14, 2007 09:25 AM

                                          giulio's in yonkers.


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                                            artichokeheart RE: byrd Aug 14, 2007 01:50 PM

                                            i really like Il Sorriso in Irvington. It's a sweet place, nice atmosphere, and the food is simple, fresh, and good.

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                                              dolores RE: artichokeheart Aug 20, 2007 07:49 AM

                                              I think Frank's in Portchester was mentioned here.

                                              Whoever recommended it is right. The pizza was very good. The entrees looked good -- and plentiful, judging from the dishes on other tables.

                                              One caveat. Ignore the placard on the table. They do NOT know how to make a pomegranate martini, even after two tries. Duh on me for ordering such a drink, so stick to wine (interestingly served in one of those very large glasses so they can give you less) and beer.

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                                                Dim Sum Diva RE: dolores Aug 20, 2007 10:18 AM

                                                I would gladly give up a pomegranate martini for a slice of pizza, garlic knots or pasta with vodka sauce at Frank's. My only qualm with Frank's and most of the other red sauce places is that they have not yet become savvy about offering whole wheat pasta as an option. The only place I know of that does is....Augie's!

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                                                  dolores RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 20, 2007 11:00 AM

                                                  Oh boy yes, the garlic knots were delish. That's 'usually' a sign that the pizza will be good.

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                                            pobo RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 24, 2007 09:43 AM

                                            We are not big italian food eaters when we go out, but we agree about Mamma Francesca,in New Rochelle. It is a good place for a casual but good meal. We really like Sardegna in Larchmont - especially the sardegnian meatballs. With a salad, it's a meal.

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                                              laylag RE: pobo Aug 24, 2007 11:53 AM

                                              What comprises the sardegnian meatballs pobo and what else do you like there? We haven't tried yet and I know it was something else not long ago. Oh by the way, if you're in the area you probably know already but if you don't, the owners of Tequila Sunrise are opening a tapas bar/restaurant in the space next door. I'm not a fan of Tequila Sunrise by any means - went once, won't again - but if the new place is at all decent it will be nice to have another cuisine option in the area.

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                                                dolores RE: laylag Aug 24, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                laylag, do you have recollection of another tapas restaurant in lower Westchester? I recall almost getting there recently but decided against it with Mr. dolores.
                                                Now I usually write this stuff down but can't find it anywhere.
                                                I know it can't be in White Plains for obvious reasons.
                                                Thanks on the TS info, I'll have to give it a try.

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                                                  laylag RE: dolores Aug 24, 2007 01:15 PM

                                                  No Dolores, unfortunately I don't know about another place. Patrias in PC does have tapas. I've only been in Westchester for two years so am still exploring.

                                                  As for TS - don't go to TS (my opinion - not good) but do try the new Tapas place. We will so whoever gets there first - you and Mr. Dolores or me and Mr. Layla - should post.

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                                                    Dim Sum Diva RE: dolores Aug 25, 2007 01:41 PM

                                                    Dolores, Sonora in Port Chester serves tapas. http://www.sonorany.com/home_frameset...

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                                                      dolores RE: Dim Sum Diva Aug 26, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                      Thanks Dim Sum Diva. I love their Sangria and Mojitos, and their food (not their ambience -- heck, Mr. dolores and I sat in the exit hallway, I didn't care), so I'll have to check out their tapas. But that's STILL not the place whose name I can't remember. Arrrrgh.

                                                  2. re: laylag
                                                    pobo RE: laylag Aug 26, 2007 03:50 PM

                                                    Not sure what's in the meatballs, I think a combo of veal, pork, etc. but they are small, bite-size, with a great sauce and very tasty. Also, ravioli's are always good there. Interesting about Tequilla Sunrise, I thought it was someone else who was doing the tapas restaurant. Once it opens, I'll report back. We love tapas (favorite place is Barcelona in Greenwich).

                                                  3. re: pobo
                                                    Ho_Nutha_Levoo RE: pobo Feb 8, 2011 08:54 AM

                                                    Sardegna is very good, especially their linguine primavera and penne siciliana. They give you nice bread too.

                                                  4. vvvindaloo RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 25, 2007 07:22 PM

                                                    I like Lusardi's in NR, though it is a bit upscale. I also like Pinocchio in Eastchester, in a pinch. Another family favorite: Osteria Mazzei in Portchester. Or Tombolino in Yonkers.

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                                                      dolores RE: vvvindaloo Aug 26, 2007 01:37 PM

                                                      I tried Lusardi's twice, found them imperious both times, won't go back. Although the parking was free.

                                                      I love Pinicchio's, think Tarchisio is the best and don't get me started on how wonderful Salvatore is, and the parking is free.

                                                      I have to put Mazzei on my list, I went to the place it was before when it had regional dishes. So why exactly did they up and leave?

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                                                        Shawn RE: dolores Aug 26, 2007 04:35 PM

                                                        Dolores, I am curious about your experience at Lusardi's. I have only been there two or three times, but I never found their service to be imperious. In what way did you experience this?

                                                    2. DebitNM RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 25, 2007 07:29 PM

                                                      OK, this isn't central or southern but it is worth a trip from anywhere. Goldens Bridge in the A&P shopping center is the best BEST italian food -- Portofino's or better known as Dominick's by his long time loyal customers.

                                                      I had dinner there every Friday night from 1982 until I moved to SW in 2001. My kids grew up eating his excellent pizza and learned to love italian food at his elbow.

                                                      It is not fancy. You go in and order your food. You sit down. You get your drinks [beer and wine available, but nothing fancy]. They bring your food. You eat. You go and pay and you leave happy as can be.

                                                      He does standard italian favorites but also does great fish and seafood. His salads are good too. The pizza can be had in huge slices or by the pie.

                                                      It is the first place I eat when I go back to visit. I eat there as many times as I can. I have tried to bribe him to move out here and told him I would back a restaurant. Can't persuade him to do so -- much to my dismay and to the great delight of his numerous fans. Friday night is crazy, Saturday is better suprisingly.

                                                      Tell him Debi, Dana and Seth from New Mexico sent you.

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                                                        dolores RE: DebitNM Aug 26, 2007 01:39 PM

                                                        Debi, I never had anything other than the pizza slices as big as my head. Nice to read they have dinners. Did you get to Il Forno nearby, cousin/brother/sister to Silvio's in Thornwood. Good, reliable, unpretentious Italian. Parking is free. Who could ask for anything more?

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                                                          DebitNM RE: dolores Aug 26, 2007 02:01 PM

                                                          Dolores - Is that in Katonah in A&P shopping center? If so, I did eat there a couple of times before I moved.

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                                                          MikiLovesSugar RE: DebitNM Apr 17, 2008 06:29 PM

                                                          Omg.. i just had the ultimate pizza slice experience at Portofinos!!!!!
                                                          The slices are HUGE!!! They needed 3 paper plates to stabilize it! But its not floppy pizza, its thin crust, perfectly crispy, with the perfect proportions of sauce and cheese. It was the BEST pizza i've had in a while! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

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                                                          intrepid RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 26, 2007 05:42 AM

                                                          giorgios trattoria in new rochelle, chef/owner giorgio was chef at palmer crossing for a few years, this, his new place very good

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                                                            dolores RE: intrepid Aug 26, 2007 01:39 PM

                                                            Cool. Where in New Rochelle, intrepid?

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                                                            PhishFoodie RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 27, 2007 09:15 PM

                                                            i also like Pizza & Brew on Central Ave...there are a few more- Rye Brook & Greenburgh i think

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                                                              scharffenberger RE: PhishFoodie Sep 10, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                              Ithink there are at least two tiers of italian restaurant.

                                                              Lusardi's - tasty but pricey. We havent had a problem with service there, and the food was good. I had a wild mushroom talegio risotto that was memorable.

                                                              Along those lines is also Mariannacis in Port Chester Maybe a wee bit less expensive, and a quieter less crowded room.

                                                              Neither of these serves pizza,

                                                              Then there are the places that are more affordable, serve pizza and offer coupons. A place that is more affordable

                                                              I also like to order food to go from Bellizi,Like the food, loathe the atmosphere,

                                                              Racanellis in Rye Ridge is nicer atmosphere and service than Greenburg
                                                              Then there are places in the middle,
                                                              I dont know any of those middle places however
                                                              I am looking forward to trying Augies eventually..

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                                                                Shawn RE: scharffenberger Sep 11, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                                I have had some nice meals at Marianacci's, but it's not in the same food class as Lusardi's. I like the fact that the room is quiet and one can have a conversation there, but the place does have a certain catering hall feel.

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                                                              wm3 RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 27, 2007 09:32 PM

                                                              piero's is the best. not much atmosphere, but great food, great service, and a diverse group of clients.

                                                              1. misohungrychewlow RE: Chrissyd7 Aug 27, 2007 10:52 PM

                                                                Whatever happened to Latella's Whiteway? Does anyone remember it? Was it in PC or New Rochelle? I remember being taken there for a few meals as a boy many years ago. It was good, similar to the Open Door and Pallicci's on Stamford's west side.

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                                                                  tmarron RE: misohungrychewlow Jul 25, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                  Sorry it's taken so long to answer your question on Latella's Whiteway. But we also have very fond memories of Latella's and still think it's the greatest pizza we've ever had, and have been searching to replace it for the last 30 years with no success. We are also very familiar with the Open Dorr and Pallicci's and still fequent the later, which were great but doesn't compare to Latella's Whiteway. BTW.. Latellla's was in PC not NR. Are you from the area?

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                                                                  matthewpompilio RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 9, 2007 05:02 PM

                                                                  Taormina, 59 Hudson Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566
                                                                  (914) 739-4007 www.taormina2.com
                                                                  59 Hudson Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

                                                                  give it a try good and cheap. You could pay double and think it was a bargain.

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                                                                    Cheese Boy RE: dolores Sep 10, 2007 09:47 AM

                                                                    Does anyone know where the original Taormina is located before we pass any judgment on Taormina II ?

                                                                    There's Taormina restaurants in Long Island and the Bronx. The Bronx location is very small - too small where it ruins the dining experience completely.
                                                                    I remember the food being very well plated and well prepared, surprisingly, although I never returned because the place was simply too crammed.
                                                                    Prices were fair and the portions were average.

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                                                                      billyparsons RE: matthewpompilio Sep 20, 2007 09:14 PM


                                                                      OK so I got around to going, rather than just passing judgment based on hearsay. I refused to use a coupon but people there had them.

                                                                      Never again. Never ever again.

                                                                      Just out or curiosity though, can you give me an idea of what else you think is good? Have you ever even been to Authur Avenue? I have to know what you're comparing Taormina to, before I can really comment on your post.

                                                                      By the way, they used preserved garlic. I smell preserved garlic and I run. Even the Olive Garden crushes their garlic fresh (so I hear). But there were other “additional” issues that explain the need for the half price coupons.

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                                                                      luv2eatct RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 11, 2007 09:48 AM

                                                                      Louie and johnnies on central Ave in Yonkers. Family style great food, nice service

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                                                                        luv2eatct RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 11, 2007 09:54 AM

                                                                        Sir John's in North white plains is inexpensive and food is good

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                                                                          alanccrx RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 17, 2007 02:28 PM

                                                                          In our humble opinion the very best place for Italian food is Scaramella's in
                                                                          Dobbs Ferry. Great food, excellent daily specials, super value for the money, attractive decor, and attentive service. Can't ask for anything better then this! I don't go out if my way to recommend many places but this is one of our favorites. A+++++ Try it and I am certain you will like it! Valet parking on Sat. night....

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                                                                            GIOny RE: alanccrx Sep 18, 2007 09:51 PM

                                                                            I forgot about Scaramella's, haven't been there in awhile but it was always good.

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                                                                              dolores RE: GIOny Sep 19, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                                              It's been awhile since I was there, but I agree they were very good.

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                                                                            addictedtolunch RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 19, 2007 03:49 AM

                                                                            Agree with Delores on Lusardi's, after several visits over the years. I loved the place once. More recently, as the prices went up and the consistency and overall execution went down. That's not to say the place isn't O.K., even better than most, but my expectations are a function of the price I pay, and this place has fallen well below expectations. Charge me less for the same quality and service and the place rises towards the top of the list.

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                                                                              dolores RE: addictedtolunch Sep 19, 2007 07:57 AM

                                                                              addictedtolunch, I especially agree with you on this:

                                                                              -- Charge me less for the same quality and service and the place rises towards the top of the list.

                                                                              There are too many other places with the same quality as Lusardi's for me to seek them out. As to service, the times I was there I experienced imperious service, so they were crossed off my list. I'd rather give my hard-earned dollars to a friendly restaurant.

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                                                                              intrepid RE: Chrissyd7 Sep 29, 2007 04:02 PM

                                                                              lia's in hartsdale

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                                                                                Doreen RE: Chrissyd7 Mar 7, 2008 07:09 AM

                                                                                Having been to Italy many times, I can tell you that the NE

                                                                                Having been to Italy many times, I can tell you that the NEW Mima in Irvington is the closest thing you'll get to great Italian food. It's not fussy but a charming place. Its small so book ahead.

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                                                                                  dolores RE: Doreen Mar 10, 2008 03:39 AM

                                                                                  Went to Mamma Francesca again last night. They're still having their prix fixe winter special. Nick is a congenial host, service was outstanding, the wine pour was very good, as was the food and dessert, and...the parking is free.

                                                                                  They're on the top of my list for red sauce Italian.

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                                                                                    sdcr RE: dolores Mar 26, 2008 09:27 AM

                                                                                    Miraggio's in Yorktown. It's family style dining, very good food! Also love Sunshines in Mohegan/Yorktown. I live in Dutchess now, but grew up going there. It's small but quaint.- haven't been there in a couple years though, I assume they're still there?

                                                                                2. dgrassi RE: Chrissyd7 Feb 10, 2011 10:23 PM

                                                                                  I suggest Agostino's Italian Ristorante at 336 Pelham Rd. (It was on the border of Pelham for a few years on Main Street in New Rochelle but downsized to a location on Pelham Rd. in May 2010,)
                                                                                  Agostino's has wonderful Italian food, and a wonderful kitchen, with masterful cooking by Anna Catalano. Had the pleasure of hosting a 90th year birthday party in their previous locaiton in 2010.
                                                                                  Here is a decent review: of Agostino's:
                                                                                  Chowhound still has old address listed here. It is no longer on Main Street.
                                                                                  Agostino's Italian Ristorante
                                                                                  969 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                                                                                  Agostino's Italian Ristorante
                                                                                  969 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                                                                                  Main St Cafe
                                                                                  6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

                                                                                  1. menton1 RE: Chrissyd7 Feb 15, 2011 01:42 PM

                                                                                    Anyone have some info on Via Vanti in Mt Kisco? From the website it looks fabulous!


                                                                                    Via Vanti
                                                                                    Moun Kisco, NY, Moun Kisco, NY

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                                                                                      i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: menton1 Feb 15, 2011 03:09 PM

                                                                                      The gelato is good... I find the regular food to be overpriced for what it is though.

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                                                                                        menton1 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 16, 2011 04:15 AM

                                                                                        Really? Overpriced? Pastas $15-17, entrees in the low 20s. Only a little higher than a pizza parlor...

                                                                                        Looks gorgeous, though.

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                                                                                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: menton1 Feb 16, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                          It does have a nice interior. However, it's very casual and almost has a takeout feel (with the gelato case at the front) so for those prices I'd rather be in a nicer place.

                                                                                    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Chrissyd7 Apr 17, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                                      I had a great meal at Mima last night. It wouldn't be a regular place for me because it's a bit pricey for pasta, but I would definitely recommend it. The hostess and servers seem a little inexperienced but they were very sweet. The place inside is really cozy, especially the front room, though we were in the back. We shared a salad (mixed greens with dried cherries, almonds, gorgonzola, and a very nice honey vinaigrette) and the eggplant polpetti, which are lightly battered and fried little orbs of cheese and eggplant with their excellent pomodoro sauce to dip. The pastas were great, and definitely rival the Cookery, though they are a tad pricier. I had the sweet corn ravioli with mascarpone and a very light truffle cream sauce. I also tried the pomodoro sauce with mozzarella (they let my friend swap out the gnocchi for rigatoni) and the cavatelli, which was clearly handmade, perfectly al dente, and served with ricotta salata, arugula, and tomatoes. The waitress and the kitchen are clearly very flexible, which was appreciated, and also in terms of flexibility, I loved the option of a 3 oz. wine pour (they call it a mezzo), which lets you sip a little wine without ordering a whole glass. I would absolutely return and I think that people who are looking for the cooking style of the Cookery without the noise would be very pleased (though you will end up paying a bit more).

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                                                                                        intrepid RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 17, 2011 07:11 AM

                                                                                        we ve been going to arrosto lately, good chow

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                                                                                          MRS RE: intrepid Apr 17, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                          Love Arrosto!!! It's a great place to go! We eat there often!

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                                                                                          MRS RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 17, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                          We ate at Mima recently and I really liked it! We would definitely go back. However, I found the service to be experienced and knowledgable, but the kitchen was not flexible at all. We had to order everything all at one time instead of putting in a bunch of apps ( we were SOOO hungry) and then ordering dinner. And I don't think we were able to substitute in or out ingredients. Still, we found the food terrific and the atmosphere very lively and fun! Look forward to returning.

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                                                                                            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: MRS Apr 17, 2011 02:18 PM

                                                                                            MRS, that's very interesting. I was surprised at how accommodating they were; both my friends requested changes to what was listed on the menu with absolutely no problem. We ordered our appetizers with our drinks and our meals a few minutes later. It wasn't very busy, though, because of the weather, so maybe they were able to be a little more flexible with preparation/timing? Anyway, I really liked it and I can't wait to bring more people there.

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                                                                                              MRS RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 17, 2011 05:23 PM

                                                                                              That's why I so interested in what you had reported. The night we went, we were all starving and clearly planning on ordering a fair amount. We had identified some apps/starters that sounded amazing and would have been perfect to nibble while we looked over all the great stuff we wanted for dinner. But, the waiter told us we couldn't do that. Only the very small things like olives can be ordered before the whole order. It was fine. No huge issue, but we were bummed b/c we like to eat, and eat and eat. Still and all, our service was great and we really enjoyed our food. Thought it was tasty and innovative. Loved the cozy vibe. We will be back!

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