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Aug 3, 2009 03:39 PM

Ye Olde Tollgate Steakhouse in Mamaroneck bites the dust

Just drove by and saw the Tollgate is closed and is being replaced by an Italian place called Limoncello. I really loved that place. I have not been since the ownership change but before that I thought they did a great imitation of a classic Peter Luger's meal right down to the sauce.

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  1. If the cooking follows name it will be another Southern Italian.

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    1. re: Jon1856

      I just checked the bottle of Limoncello I have in my freezer and it is distilled in Milan so maybe Northern Italian. God knows we have enough southern Italian places around here! btw limoncello liqueur makes a great cosmo.

      1. re: biga290

        This is what I found out about it (Limoncello)
        Limoncello [limon'tʃɛlːo] is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, mainly in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi and islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri, but also in Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France and the Maltese island of Gozo.

        No reason to "fight over this", we will find out once it opens.
        And I agree-what is it with Italian and Asian Fusion places?!?!?!?!?!?

    2. Really sorry to hear this, I really enjoyed Tollgate and wondered what happened to it after they sold it. I posted a question some time ago asking if anyone had been to Tollgate after they were under new management and got zero replies, I guess that was a bad sign right there. To bad, Westchester needs a really good steak place. Lugars are you listening, you expanded into Long Island, why not Westchester??

      1. I went to the Tollgate a couple of times many years ago. I thought the meals were wonderful and the service was some of the best I had ever had. The owner always seemed so nice and cheerful. After I went the first time, I wanted to go back for the service alone.

        Since my last visit I married a non-steak-eater, so I had little reason to go back. I feel bad that I never did. I'm sorry to see it go.

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        1. re: Avalondaughter

          sorry GIO, didn't see you recent posting. We ate there shortly after the change. the prices went throught the roof; such as the $16 martini as well as the over priced new wine list. not surprised they couldn't pull it off. the food was fine; the prices were crazy; we never went back.
          other steak places in Westchester; Ruth Chris has added some recesson dishes while Willet House has basically remained the same; fair to good depending on the night. Frankie and Johnny's is ok in Rye. the sirlon steak at Ernesto's in White Plains is decent as well as the one I had at Emma's recently on gedney way in WP.

          1. re: martyl9

            Marty: you post is not overly enthusiastic about a number of steak houses in Westchester. Granted, Westchester may not keep pace with the best in the nation but I could not let your comment that Frankie & Johnnies in Rye is O.K. pass without a comment. When I look at Chowhound I am amazed at the allegiance many have for their favorite steak house. Opinions are divergent. I have been to most if not all the best steak houses in Westchester. They all have had reasonable steaks, although I would have to put Ruth Chris, along with Morton’s at the bottom of my list. For me, the top is Frankie & Johnnies. If the others were better, I would go there frequently without hesitation. However, I have never been disappointed at Frankie and Johnnies. I found the steaks great, the service excellent and the surroundings very pleasant. That’s my two cents on the steak wars so permit me to join the many other steak posters with my comments. Actually, it’s only my second steak post. I must admit a steak that I had at the Siwonoy Golf Club in Bronxville was rather awesome and I did post on that. But for Frankie & Johnnies, I just couldn’t let pass the comment of its just being OK. I have had too much good eating and fun there.

            1. re: Sonnyno

              Never wanting to say to much on this board ( Hate being flamed ),This time I will speak up. Frankie & Johnnnies is and has been our #1 steakhouse.We have been going there once or twice a month for about 6 years and never had a bad meal! Service has been outstanding for us,Granted everyone knows us now,But even when we first started to go there service was great.Is it the best steak I ever had? No,Luger's is the BEST! But everything else I give the nod to Frankie & Johnnies hands down.If you have never been there, You realy should walk in and have a drink at the bar and take look around. The Surroundings alone are worth the price of the drink,But then you will want more. A great place.

            2. re: martyl9

              Yikes, $16.00 Martini's, no wonder they're out of business. That sounds like a BYOF kind of place......bring your own flask!