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luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 05:37 AM

Looking for best italian food Either area.

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    ORyan RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 07:55 AM

    I'm interested to know also.

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      mary30 RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 08:15 AM

      I live in Riverdale and am embarassed to say I never go to Arthur Avenue so I don't know which restaurants are good there. But I think Gianna's in Yonkers is very good, and reasonable. Bellavista in Riverdale is also really popular. I went there once and it didn't change my life. But people seem to love it.

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        intrepid RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 10:36 AM

        robertos arthur ave..end of thread lololo

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          luv2eatct RE: intrepid Feb 25, 2009 10:40 AM

          The food there is amazing. you have to get there at the opening bell or grab a glass of wine or seven because you will wait. But it's worth it.
          I'm looking for a new place to go with my family.

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            luv2eatct RE: intrepid Feb 25, 2009 11:07 AM

            have you ever tried or heard anything about his other place on Arthur. Zero Otto Nove

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              laylag RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 12:19 PM

              Isn't Zero Otto the same owner as Roberto's?

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                Striver RE: laylag Feb 26, 2009 04:44 AM

                Yes, and it specializes in Salerno-style cuisine. Excellent pizzas (of the thin crust but foldable type), solid pastas and other entrees. Usually much less wait-time than the main restaurant, where the food is great but the wait on Friday or Saturday night can be brutal. If you don't mind dining early, be there when they open.

                Incidentally, Zero Otto Nove is open Sunday, closed Monday; Roberto's is closed Sunday, open Monday.

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            ohreally RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 12:06 PM

            If you go to Roberto's - don't let them put you in the basement "wine cellar" next to the bathroom. No food is good enough to compensate for that. Zero Otto Nove is quite good. The pizzas are great.

            1. Sra. Swanky RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 12:19 PM

              In the Bronx - Morris Park section - 2 good recs:
              Patricia's on Morris Park Ave has great entrees & pasta, pizza, good portions, and their seafood salad is delicious.
              Another good place is The Venice on Williamsbridge Rd. at Lydig Ave. Great food - also - it's one of the old fashioned red sauce places that still serve potato croquettes. :o)

              In Yonkers -- 3 recs for ya!
              1. Carlo's on Tuckahoe Rd. My fam & friends and I have been going there for a very long time!
              2. San Martino - on Young Ave - right off of Jackson Ave. Love their chicken francese.
              3. Valentino's on Bronx River Rd. A litte more dressy - and you may need a res., but tasty.

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                addictedtolunch RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 25, 2009 04:25 PM

                Carlos- go for the vibe.
                Valentino's- Go if you want to overpay in a restaurant past its better days, which has made a bargain with the S---o devil (but I still like the pasta dishes there).

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                  Sra. Swanky RE: addictedtolunch Feb 25, 2009 04:35 PM

                  Didn't know about the Sysco thing -- too bad! I stand by the others though. I'm a Carlo's faithful. :o)

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                    addictedtolunch RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 25, 2009 06:08 PM

                    I can't say for sure so maybe the allegation is rash- but the taste of some dishes reminds me of that generic chain taste characteristic of that supplier.

                    As for Carlos, I'm totally on board.

              2. roxlet RE: luv2eatct Feb 25, 2009 01:25 PM

                The only meal I ever had at Roberto's was colored by the endless wait coupled with the fact that several parties that came after us -- obviously friends -- were seated ahead of us. Either have a no reservation policy or don't, but don't pretend it's first come, first serve and then flaunt the fact that you don't rate. As a result, I remember nothing about the meal we had, only that we were all pissed and very grumpy by the time we were seated. We have never gone back, and never will. The only Italian restaurant in Yonkers that I have experience with is Valentino's, which I would classify as a good red-sauce joint, no more, no less.

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                  sagetom RE: roxlet Feb 25, 2009 01:32 PM

                  Valentino's is awesome if you are looking for old school fundamentally well executed "red sauce" Italian.It has always exceeded my expectations.

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                    roxlet RE: sagetom Feb 25, 2009 02:07 PM

                    OK. I'd essentially agree with that.

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                    Cheese Boy RE: roxlet Feb 25, 2009 10:06 PM

                    Service is excellent at Valentinos. The food, not quite so stellar.

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                    cavandre RE: luv2eatct Feb 26, 2009 02:48 AM

                    Don't live in the area anymore, but was surprised that no one mentioned Zuppa in Yonkers?


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                      wpfoodie RE: cavandre Feb 27, 2009 11:02 AM

                      I love Zuppa - great food in a fun, lively atmosphere. Food is more refined, northern Italian. Don't go here if you are looking for a quiet place - it is a large, open space with exposed brick so it's pretty loud. But if you're like me and like that sort of thing, then it's great. Not cheap either.

                    2. Sra. Swanky RE: luv2eatct Feb 27, 2009 04:39 PM

                      Ok - here's another goodie from the Bronx (Pelham Bay area):

                      Villa Barone Ristorante
                      3289 Westchester Ave.
                      Bronx, NY 10461

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