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Nov 10, 2008 12:56 PM

New Menu at Zanaro's in White Plains?

I had pretty much given up on Zanaro's in White Plains, but I found myself there Sunday night when some friends wanted cheap Italian food near City Center.
Apparently, they've re-done the menu and they have an executive chef and a real dessert menu. I'm not sure when this change happened, but I have to say that the menu looks delicious.

Unfortunately, I was with unadventurous eaters and we didn't get apps or desserts. I'm hoping some of you can tell me what's good, what's not good. We all had thin crust pizzas, so really didn't get to experiment - I'm hoping to go back on Friday. I had the "purgatory" pizza - some sort of cheese, very spicy, with poached eggs on top. Very flavorful, a tad bit greasy and would've liked some sort of vegetable on it. My friend got some sort of gyro pizza. This was delicious and unusual (again, a little too greasy, and the lamb had a cinnamon-y quality that I know is used in gyros, but I prefer the ones that don't have this.) Still, I liked this pizza - especially the tsatziki dollops on it. And my friend got another thin crust pizza that was perfectly fine but not very memorable (he's a boring eater).

Anybody sample the pasta, or some of the sauces? Or the apps or desserts?

I asked the waiter, and apparently anything marked in red (more than 35 percent of the menu, I think) are signature dishes of the new chef. I liked our meals enoguh to go back and try to order more stuff.

Wish I had more to report, but I wasn't really expecting anything when I went in there and was in a bit of a rush. Looking forward to giving it another shot.

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    1. re: HungryForMore

      I'm not sure if I was there before or after a menu change but it was in august. I enjoyed it very much appetizers such as fried calamari and caprese salad were wonderful. My entree was a chicken vesuvius (i think thats how its spelt) and it was excellent! I've looked for the recipe online many times. Otherwise my friends had a great time as well and food was to a their tastes.

      1. re: iluvu2piees

        New chef has only been there about one month.

    2. We stopped in the other day for lunch after shopping in the area. My husband and I had different lunch salads. Small portions and not very interesting or tasty for the price. My brother-in-law had the gyro pizza, which looked to have strange flavor combinations and was quite messy, but he said it was not bad. My sister had a chicken sandwich. This seemed to be the best option, as it was relatively simple and straightforward. There was nothing about the meal that would make me want to return.

      1. We went there for brunch on Sunday, to try the omelets the new chef is turning out.

        The apple-walnut omelet with apple brandy was incredible, as was my husband's banana-kiwi omelet.

        The pasta was bland and the salads uninspired.

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        1. re: Gorgonzalfa

          So the price for one 'incredible' omelette was what?

          Did it include unlimited champagne?

          Is there valet parking?

          1. re: dolores

            I saw an ad recently and I think their brunch is $19.95. I don't think the champagne is unlimited (especially at that price). They have valet parking in the evening, not sure about Sunday mornings.

            Anyone I have brought to brunch there has gone ga-ga over it. It's generous and well-made, and has something for everyone. I like the space, too.

        2. well...until this radical change...simply the lamest Italian food in Westchester. Ugh.

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          1. re: Rinjani

            Visited Saturday night before suffering through "Watchmen," Had a goat cheese pizza with caramelized onions and fresh basil - there was something spicy in there I couldn't place. It was surprisingly delicious.