Azzurri in Thornwood
Dinner last night at Azzurri, I think this is nice, casual local option for red-sauce Italian. We split an appetizer of fried zucchini -- the zucchini was sweet and tender, not greasy, and the portion -- a heaping dinner plate -- for about $7. Entrees come with a choice of house salad (basic but fresh mixed greens in a balsamic vinaigrette) or a pasta; pastas come with salad.
I had the sausage & peppers entree, which again was very generous with a high ratio of sausage, which seemed like it had been grilled before being mixed with red and green peppers, onions, and a bit of marinara sauce. I really enjoyed it. My husband had the manicotti, which he said was very tasty but seemed to be a much smaller portion than my entree (as is often the case with stuffed pastas, I find... not just here).
Waiter recommended a special on a montepulciano by the glass -- we each had one at $8 apiece, a proper pour size and delicious. Crusty bread is on the table; water refilled regularly (the water thing is important to me!).
The host seemed to know a lot of the diners, so definitely a local joint. There is a bar as well. Worth trying if you are in that area (we went after the movies in Elmsford).
LOL, I know! Oh, I wanted to like them very much, given the fact that I'm still on the hunt for the outstanding red sauce place in Westchester. And as I noted, our server was wonderful, but the owner -- meh.
The food was very good though. I would absolutely recommend it to those looking for a good Italian place.
theatmosphere, these are nice pizza guys who originally opened this spot with some ambitious thougts after extensive renovation...the original kitchen chef is gone, the wonderful maitre d' is gone (he had originally worked for Buffet de la Gare), and now what we have is indeed a lovely setting and average food...I do believe it is a good choice for certain occasions, though.