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Toscana in Eastchester, where Gina Maries used to be...

MikiLovesSugar Mar 31, 2009 06:24 PM

I saw that Toscana was "Coming Soon"... It says its "Authentic Italian Cuisine". its in that big place right on the corner of Main St where Gina Marie's used to be. Does anyone know anything?

  1. juweee Apr 2, 2009 03:25 PM

    Wow! Another Italian restaurant in Eastchester... How creative!

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      kaaaassss Apr 2, 2009 03:46 PM

      Just as creative as another Asian Fusion restaurant in White Plains.

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        roxlet Apr 3, 2009 04:56 AM

        And another Asian Fusion in Bronxville!

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          rolise Apr 3, 2009 07:43 AM

          Yeah. I wish instead of Lemon Tree, It was Lemongrass and Vietnamese.

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            roxlet Apr 3, 2009 08:57 AM

            Yes, Vietnamese would be awesome. I wish someone would open one in Westchester. Is anyone listening!!??

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              jcmods May 5, 2009 07:15 AM

              Yeah, being in Bronxville you wouldn't expect something good. If it can't be vietnamese, a real middle eastern place would have been good. Being so close to Sarah Lawrence, you would think a Falafel joint wouldn't be absolutely impossible. But it seems to be.

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                roxlet May 5, 2009 10:11 AM

                They used to have a decent falafel at the Cup and Saucer on Parkway Road. Don't know if they still do, though. They renovated & I haven't been in a while.

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                  vvvindaloo Jun 6, 2009 06:17 PM

                  I have thought many times that a nice Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant could do well in Bronxville, or perhaps Greek.... something other than Italian, 'American', or 'Pan Asian'. But I know better than to hope for such a thing. I, too, imagined that Lemon Tree might be Vietnamese, but then I learned otherwise. What does a small village like Bville need with a fifth Asian restaurant (including three Pan Asians)?
                  One restaurant that is not discussed much on these boards is the little bistro on Kraft near the train station... I can't think of the exact name... they used to serve some Mediterranean-type dishes, but I am not sure what they are up to these days. It always looks so appealing when I pass by at night- candlelit and glowy.

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                    roxlet Jun 6, 2009 07:01 PM

                    I know the place you mean -- it used to be a tapas place and I think it's called Kraft Bistro now. I have heard from some friends about some unpleasant occurrances with the staff there, and have thus never been inclined to visit.

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                laylag Apr 3, 2009 10:27 AM

                And another Asian Fusion in Mamaroneck!

          2. MikiLovesSugar Apr 4, 2009 10:15 AM

            Hahahaha seriously, we really need to spice up Westchester with some new cuisine! I just got this Scarsdale Magazine Coupon book, and Toscana had a little ad... they have a website...
            http://www.toscana-ristorante.com

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              MikiLovesSugar Apr 4, 2009 10:47 AM

              And the site is not up yet ..... I just checked

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              trottolino Apr 28, 2009 09:38 AM

              It looks very cozy and confortable for the summer. The only one with patio surrounded by trees and flowers. Seems interesting...... I'm going to try it soon....

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                bellafoodie May 13, 2009 07:03 AM

                I had dinner there the other night with my boyfriend. They do not have a liquor license yet so they are offering a complimentary glass of wine to each person. There are also no specials at the moment since the chef is still working on the menu kinks according to our waiter. They start you off with a warm bread basket filled with warm rustic bread, homemade bread sticks and tomato focaccia along with a very small white tuscan bean salad. My boyfriend had the Capesante in Padella as an appetizer and said it was excellent enough for him to go back and eat there again. For our main courses we had the Fettuccine Bolognese and Capellini Primavera. Both dishes could use more salt. The fettuccine is homemade but the texture was not as soft as homemade pasta is supposed to be. They gave us a complimentary fruit plate. We ordered the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. This was very good but could have been warmed up more. Our waiter was very attentive and the owners were there whom were very pleasant as well. We will wait a few more weeks and go to try the food again.

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                  rolise May 18, 2009 12:22 PM

                  So far it sounds better than Gina Maries. When we first moved to Westchester they were in Fleetwood and everyone said you have to go so wonderful, but eh. We never went to the new location.

                  So how would you say they compare to nearby competition like Pinocchio, Ciao, etc?

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                    skoooba Jun 18, 2009 07:54 AM

                    It is so much better than Gina Marie's NO comparison. My husband & I lreally loved it!SO did our family who we took there on Mother's day!

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                  lollypop May 18, 2009 01:05 PM

                  I was thinking this was a "new" place but with the same owners as Gina Marie's. Does anyone know if this is an entirely new restaurant or same old/same old? FWIW, I went to Gina Marie's when it was in Fleetwood and was also unimpressed. Especially when our check arrived and they charged a "substitution fee" for vodka sauce of $5.95. So, essentially, my husband's ravioli was charged at the higher ravioli rate PLUS an additional $5.95...
                  That was enough to make us never want to go back.

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                    laylag Jun 9, 2009 10:41 AM

                    Toscana has nothing to do with Gina Marie's. New owners, new restaurant. Definitely give Toscana a try. Went the other night, had a delightful meal on the patio. The owner and staff are friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and the prices are extremely reasonable.

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                      skoooba Jun 18, 2009 07:52 AM

                      Gina Marie's is gone & a great place with a new owner has taken it's place!

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                        skoooba Jun 18, 2009 07:53 AM

                        Entirely new place with new owners .
                        The owner of Gina Marie's skipped town

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                        skoooba Jun 18, 2009 07:51 AM

                        I said the same thing, another Italian place good God BUT we went and loved it! The owner makes the pasta fresh every day, not store bought like the rest of the places around. The food was really amazing. Who would have thought? We will be frequenting this place for sure!

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                        Toscana's
                        Eastchester, NY, Eastchester, NY

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                          dylan c Feb 10, 2010 09:42 AM

                          Went with my girlfriend a few weeks ago... The food is great... friendly, attentive staff and the prices are reasonable... will definitely go back again....

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