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Rehearsal Dinner Near Rye Brook-- Italian Restaurant Needed

Hi, CHers!

I am getting married in September and am in search of a moderately priced Italian restaurant near Rye Brook for a rehearsal dinner for 20-30 people. I assume with that many people, everywhere would be offering a fixed menu, so I'm not entirely sure what "moderately" priced would be. Perhaps around $40pp, not including drinks and tip? We can certainly go under that, but I'm not sure how high my in-laws would want to go.

As close to the Hilton in Rye Brook as possible would be great. Thanks in advance, everyone!

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  1. Sounds like you are describing Hostaria Mazzei, located @ 25 So. Regent St. in Port Chester, a hop-skip-and-jump away from the Hilton. They have a back room suitable for private parties and offier a fixed price menu. It's actually a lot of food, you may even want to delete one of the courses from your menu, that may lessen the price (appetizer, salad, pasta, then entree & dessert-- maybe delete the extra pasta?).

    I cannot recall the prices but the food was delicious and I bet they would work with you on the menu. Website: www.hostariamazzei.com

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    1. re: Dim Sum Diva

      It would have been the right place but I believe they are out of business

      1. re: debmom

        Closed for renovations, actually, open again at the end of April. Would probably work out for September.

        1. re: Dim Sum Diva

          Thanks; I had heard of that place but didn't know they were closed for renovations. That's good to know-- we were thinking of checking it out this weekend! I guess that won't work. :) We'll keep it on the list, though.

          1. re: Cuisinescene

            Consider also Marianacci's in Rye Brook: 24 Sherman Street
            Port Chester, NY, see http://www.marianaccis.com . I have done private parties there too. Good food, not far from the Hilton.

          2. re: Dim Sum Diva

            the chef from CRU in nyc will be at this location in near future, he has got game!!

      2. Piero's is right there in on Regent Street and the food is terrific and the service is attentive. We really love it there. It would be worth the call to see if they could do it for you- but it isn't such a huge place. Giorgio's ( around the corner) has an upstairs area. We've been to a party there and it was good. I happen to prefer the food at Piero's, but you need to make about the space, too. Cafe Livorno in Rye has a brand new,beautiful upstairs private area. I find the owner to be quite flaky. You really, really have to be on him, but it's a nice option b/c there's a nice bar area up there too.

        1. try Centro in Glenville, CT, just across the border from Rye Brook (3.7 miles from the Hilton)
          http://www.centroristorante.com/
          good food, nice place too, reasonable prices

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          1. re: bonacbub

            Word on the street is that one of the founders of Carmines is opening a carmines-esque type of place where mazzei was.

          2. We went during the Nor'easter weekend to look at restaurants, so a number of places were closed. Marianacci's didn't have power, but we got the catering menu. We ended up eating at Il Sogno, which my future father-in-law was quite taken with. Has anyone done a large party there?

            I also got a recommendation for Alba's in Port Chester. Does anyone have group dining experiences there?

            Thanks!

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            1. re: Cuisinescene

              Not lately, but the servers 'hovered' at Alba's when one was eating. They did this on three different occasions, and since then, I've never gone back. Perhaps they've gotten better.

              Piero's is good, as is T & J Villagio Trattoria, both in Portchester.

              Graziella's in White Plains isn't as close as P/C, but it does have good Italian food.

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                Try Pasquale's in PC. They do parties all the time and have a few packages try choose from.

                T&J Villagio Trattoria is closing, so don't book anything.

                1. re: byramgirl

                  Closing? Both the pizza side and the restaurant?

                  Wow.

                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                    Not T&J's, the more casual restaurant, but T&J Villagio Trattoria, the more upscale place next door that used to be Marissa's.

                    1. re: byramgirl

                      The restaurant then, with the downstairs room for events.

                      Too bad, I enjoyed eating there on occasion.

                      1. re: byramgirl

                        From whom did you hear that they were closing?