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Update on Italian Restaurants in Westchester

I'm looking for a new Italian restaurant to try in Southern Westchester. We love Toscana in Tuckahoe, but have never been to Angelina's and have read some good reviews. Can anyone give me some input on Angelina's, including decor, service etc.. Would like to take my honey someplace different on his birthday and Angelina's seems to have been cited for its wine list. Other suggestions? Emilios? Thanks all.

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  1. emilio's is worth a try, especially for the antipasto and the wine list (many good choices for $30-$40). ask the owner for a wine recommendation. prices for the meal are reasonable.

    1. Well, if you want great ambience, this isn't the place for you, but we love Carlo's in Yonkers on Tuckahoe Road. The food is fabulous and the specials are always interesting (veal sliders, fregola with clams and fresh tomatoes, stuffed chicken breast with a different stuffing ever night, etc.). The decor, however, is pretty much what you'd expect in a rathskeller from the 50's: Lots of dark, beat-up wood and old, wobbly tables and chairs. For us, we're happy their efforts go towards the food and not the atmosphere. The profiteroles are to die for. If you go on a weekend, be warned that specials can sell out by 6 and there's always a line out the door from 7 p.m. on.

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      1. re: foodiemom10583

        Sounds like someplace we'd like to try on a non-special occasion. My BF has a thing for profiteroles, and good ones are hard to find. Thanks a lot for the tip -- I'd never heard of Carlo's before and it's now on our list -- you can't argue with lines out the door!

        1. re: cloverose

          Don't argue. It's good, and reasonable, and once you start going there you keep going back.

            1. re: rolise

              668 Tuckahoe Road, near Central Avenue on the southwest side of the street.

      2. Well, I was hoping to get a few more recommendations.

        I am interested in anyone's impressions of the following restaurants, or others. Have heard good things about all.

        Tombolino, Yonkers
        La Villetta, Larchmont
        La Fontanella, Pelham
        Angelina's, Tuckahoe (is it pretty enough for a special occasion?)
        Emilio's, Harrison

        Looking for good/upscale Italian, competent service, nice environment. I only eat seafood. My boyfriend likes lamb/veal/duck.. I'd welcome all feedback. Thanks!!

        P.S. Our go-to Italian restaurants are Toscana in Tuckahoe and Rosie's Bistro in Bronxville, both of which we love, but we'd like to try someplace new.

        1. I really like Lusardi's in Larchmont. I've eatern there a bunch of times and it's fabulous.

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          Lusardi's Restaurant
          1885 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538

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          1. re: brookedny

            Thanks Brooke. We had an anniversary party for my parents there a bunch of years ago so I certainly know the place and it is quite pretty & the service was wonderful. However, of late they seem to be getting a lot of negative reviews from Chowhounders -- i.e. not worth the high price, pretentious, etc. Worth reconsidering I guess. Have you tried La Villetta in Larchmont? Thanks again.

            1. re: cloverose

              Emilio's and lusardi's are both fairly mediocre imo. I have not tried the other places mentioned except for Rosies in bronxville which I also thought was mediocre if maybe slightly better then emilios. Rosie's service is better I will say. I could care less for service or atmopshere as long as the food is great and that may be why your not getting more opnions from ch. If you want ambience try mulino's or polpo or valbella. For better food try cookery, il castello, tre angelina or tutta bella (son of valbella--better food & half the price). another place i have not been to but gets good reviews is zuppa (former chef opened cookery).

              1. re: cubanat

                Dear Cubanat,
                You've been extremely helpful! Although I wasn't able find a website for Il Castello or menu, from reading the recent online reviews, it seems to be just with what I'm looking for. You are right the food definitely comes first -- and with a menu that has both branzini & tiramisu, what else do you need? Atmosphere looks fine for a birthday dinner, reviews were consistently great and the location is good for the night in question. I can't believe that I didn't know about this place, but I see that it just reopened fairly recently. Would love to try it!! I'll also check out info on Tre Angelina & Tutta Bella online, but I think I have a winner already. Grazie mille!! (Cookery I already knew about and hope to try soon.)

          2. Spadaro in New Rochelle. By far the most authentic Italian food around. I love it though I know some folks on this board think it's overpriced. The problem is that there is no menu and it is easy to over order particularly when it comes to the fantastic antipasto.

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            Spadaro
            211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

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            1. re: roxlet

              I agree with you, Roxlet! I've been to Spadaro 1x and thought the food was terrific. Unfortunately, my boyfriend had a few issues with our meal there. He was a little frustrated with the lack of menu -- even more so when he saw mussels come out of the kitchen (he would have wanted them, but they weren't one of the options we were offered) -- even more so when he got the bill. I definitely want to go back, maybe with a larger group, and check out the antipasto which did look absolutely wonderful. But, since this is for my BF's birthday dinner, I'll take him elsewhere on that night. Have you tried any of the other restaurants mentioned above? Thanks for posting!!

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              Spadaro
              211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

              1. re: cloverose

                word on the street is that the principals at spadaro have split and will be opening up a different yet similar place in mam'k...hopefully they will have a menu and/or not charge you an arm and a leg for paltry small plates of antipasti. anyone else confirm?

                1. re: cubanat

                  One of the sisters is opening a restaurant in Mamaroneck by the train station in the spot that was the short lived Bar Vivaci.

                  1. re: kaaaassss

                    ew...jinxed locale? odd area but nice pizza oven in there!

                    1. re: cubanat

                      Is that the one that just opened called La Scarpetta? I've been trying to find out more information about that place and wondered what it was all about.

                      1. re: Avalondaughter

                        Avalondaughter is there someway I can contact you, I would like to talk to you about Iron Forge?
                        thanks,
                        Chow

                        1. re: chowdom

                          You can contact me through my blog. I have some Iron Forge posts on there too!

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                          1. re: Avalondaughter

                            Thanks I don't want my comments made public. I might create a gmail account so you can contact me.
                            Chow

            2. Scaramellas in Dobbs Ferry. The food is wonderful. It's a great place when you want excellent food, not too casual with traditional, attentive service.

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              Scaramella's Restaurant
              1 Southfield Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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              1. re: demifast

                Thanks, demifast. I haven't been to Scaramella's, but my BF has eaten there a few times and says that it's very very good -- his only complaint was that the portions were too large!! -- nothing you'd ever hear me complain about. For his birthday, he wanted to try someplace neither of us have been, and based on cubanat's suggestion and reviews on-line we are going to try Il Castello in Mamaroneck next Tues. Wish others would continue to chime in with their recommendations as I have a growing list of appealing Italian restaurants to try in future. I'll write my Il Castello review next week. Tks again!

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                Scaramella's Restaurant
                1 Southfield Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                1. re: demifast

                  My wife and I, as well as our friends, consider Scaramella's the BEST for great Italian food with excellent service and very fair prices. If you have the opportunity, try it.. I am quite certain you will not be disappointed. BTW- They have valet parking on Saturday night...

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                  Scaramella's Restaurant
                  1 Southfield Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                2. While I'm not a huge fan of high-end Italian restaurants in general (because they rarely offer anything that the mom and pop places don't do better), I have heard nothing but raves about Carlo's, although I too have heard it's not really a date place. I live in the area and ironically have heard very mixed reviews about Toscana, but can't comment myself. It's been years since I ate at Angelina's but I was unimpressed. I've heard Mamma Assunta is pretty good, but have no idea what the decor is like.

                  Since it sounds like you're in the same area as I am what about Casa Brusco, 808 Bistro, The Cookery, Tutta Bella or Eastchester Fish Gourmet (if your bf is a seafood lover). The Cookery and Tutta Bella tend to be a little loud, so that might not suit your plans.

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                  Casa Brusco
                  219 Main Street, Eastchester, NY 10709

                  Mamma Assunta
                  20 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                  1. Angelina's is your place! Great food, you're treated right, efficient staff. The best rib eye and filet in the area if one of you doesn't want Italian. Some people think it's pricey-not when you see the portion sizes. Mamma Assunta used to be good-went downhill since they opened in Bronxville. Hope this helps

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                    Mamma Assunta
                    20 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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                    1. re: SeanPK

                      Had a really good meal tonight (at a good price-prix fixe is $24 for three courses) at Mamma Assunta in Tuckahoe. Hadn't been there in over 20 years, but now I'll be happy to go again.

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                      Mamma Assunta
                      20 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                      1. re: addictedtolunch

                        I find the food at Mamma Assunta to be as good as ever good service too. I have never cared for Angelina's food or service. BTW Elio has been the chef at Mamma Assunta since the day it opened his brother who worked the front of the house is now at their other restaurant in Bronxville Scalini Osteria.

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                        Mamma Assunta
                        20 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                        Scalini Osteria
                        65 Pondfield Rd Ste 14, Bronxville, NY 10708

                    2. Thanks everyone for the wealth of suggestions. Many places now on top my "to try" list -- including Scarmello's, Carlos, the Cookery and Angelinas. I had already decided to take the BF to Il Castello and wanted to report back here with my mini review. Overall, it was a good, not outstanding restaurant. Seemed to have decent size crowd of regulars on a Tuesday night. Service was spotty, which may have been only our particular waiter. Lenny, the owner, makes the rounds and is very nice and welcoming. For the appetizer, I had the eggplant rollatini which was perfectly made, very fresh and wonderful. My BF had a salad which was fine. For entrees, I went with the roasted branzini and really discovered that I prefer it grilled -- since I don't like garlic on my fish, I didn't use the garlic butter sauce it came with so it was rather plain and bland. They did a good job with the vegetables that accompanied it -- very fresh and cooked the right amount. My BF ordered the veal special. When reciting the specials, the waiter said that it came with shittake mushrooms, only it didn't. When asked where they were, the owner said they weren't on the special, so we assumed the waiter didn't describe it correctly or we didn't hear it correctly. My roasted fish was brought out before our appetizers which seemed to have been forgotten. Correctly and nicely, the owner gave them to us at no charge and my fish was taken back to the kitchen to wait. Tiramisu for dessert was unimpressive. I had pistachio gelato which was good. I'd give the food an 8. My BF gave it a 7.5. So not an astounding birthday meal, but a solid restaurant that is worth a try if you live in/near Mamaroneck. By the way, we brought our own bottle of wine, and corkage was high -- $25. Wasn't knocked out by their menu in general, but they have several specials. Their prices are quite reasonable except anything with shrimp seemed disproportionately high -- i.e. shrimp over linguine $28 while my whole branzini was $26.

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                      1. re: cloverose

                        Funny - just minutes ago I had looked at Zagats review for Il Castello - considering it for family dinner celebrating daughter's birthday this weekend. Where else would you suggest? Was also thinking of The Cookery - but am open to any and all suggestions. we will be a party of 6-8 adults.
                        La Fontanella?

                        1. re: smilingal

                          I’m a big fan of Piccolo Mulino in Mamaroneck. Less than desirable decor, but excellent food.

                          I also had a recent good experience at Il Sorriso in Irvington. I highly recommend the Prosciutto Con Mozzarella Fresca to start with.

                          The Cookery is great, and maybe with that size group, you could get the front window table.

                          Mima in Irvington is also a favorite of mine, as is their eggplant polpetti.

                          And tried and true favorite, Emelio’s in Harrison, is always a solid choice.

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                          Piccolo Mulino
                          136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                          1. re: byramgirl

                            is Mima - mima vinoteca? Piccolo Mulino and Emelio's both aren't listed in Zagats - not that that necessarily means everything/anything!

                            1. re: smilingal

                              My husband and I are very fond of Piccolo Mulino but tend to go mainly in the summer, when the back patio is available. The main restaurant is pretty small and a large group might be cramped. Recently ate (for the first time in several years) at Emilio's. Food was okay, nothing at all special except, perhaps, their anipasto selection.

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                              Piccolo Mulino
                              136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              1. re: smilingal

                                Yes, Mima Vinoteca. Piccolo is tiny, so I'm not surprised that it is under Zagat's radar. Happy eating!

                                1. re: smilingal

                                  BTW, Emilio's is listed in Zagat's (spelled with an i, not e). Piccolo Mulino is very good and quite reasonable, but maybe not for a special occasion.

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                                  Piccolo Mulino
                                  136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              2. re: smilingal

                                I wouldn't say don't go there since the overall experience was good, and the eggplant was wonderful and maybe some of the other menu options would be huge hits.

                                1. re: smilingal

                                  I wouldn't say don't go to Il Castello since the overall experience was good, and the eggplant was wonderful and maybe some of the other menu options would be huge hits.

                              3. I'm a fan of Piero's in Port Chester on Regent Street. Although not the cheapest place its always done well for us.

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                                1. re: AnotherNYCkid

                                  It wiould be so much better if only the food was even decent! It has everything else an "old school joint" should!

                                2. I made a reservation today for our Sunday celebration at La Fontanella - hoping it will be great!
                                  Anyone??

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                                  1. re: smilingal

                                    I have been curious about La Fontanella and was tempted to try it for the birthday referenced above. Please post again after you have tried it and let us know how it was. It's supposed to be wonderful.
                                    Enjoy!

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                                    La Fontanella
                                    115 Wolfs Ln, Pelham, NY 10803

                                    1. re: cloverose

                                      you will enjoy; we haven't been in a couple of months. it has always been good. many daily specials in addtion to the menu. Don't ever recall ordering other than a special. excellent cocktails; wine list is OK. enjoy

                                      1. re: cloverose

                                        well - we just returned from dinner at La Fontanella. I was disappointed. Granted I might have higher than the norm's expectations. Ambiance was fine, service was pretty good (except for one person who took away the menus before we even ordered - thus requiring us to request them back! - and also placing the bread basket on one of our bread plates - after we had poured the oil and had the complimentary cheese and olives on the plate!). I can't believe I found the food inedible!!! That is never me! EVER! SOOOOO terribly salty. Nice wine list - good wines and moderately priced ($40? - yes it was one of the lower priced ones but very good - we had two bottles!). AND the worst insult - apart from them clearing away the 1/2 order of pasta (which we realized on the car ride home that we were charged full price for) as well as my meal almost untouched without even acknowledging or asking why, was that we were there celebrating two birthdays and we found that we were charged $8.00 apiece for each piece of cake which we didn't even order that they brought with the candles . Now I don't know for sure what the rule of thumb should be, but when you have a table of 6 and the bill is well over $300.00, I am not sure that I feel it is right to charge for the birthday acknowledgments - at least offer to absorb one charge - or not charge at all. I don't know - is that gilding the lily? Especially since we didn't order any desserts! Yes, I would have wanted them to acknowledge the birthdays so as I said,I am not sure what is right. We won't be back - too bad - it had the makings for a good place - but sooooo salty - and not just mine.

                                        1. re: smilingal

                                          "Appropriate" would have been to bring out one piece for the birthday person, perhaps here one for each, and asking if anyone else would like dessert. Charging you for it is not beyond the pale if the birthday was mentioned beforehand, as that was, implicitly, a dessert order for the birthday boy/girl. As far as everything else you mention, it seems you are going rather easy on them. Hopefully they will get wind of a review like this, and correct the behavior.

                                          1. re: addictedtolunch

                                            thanks for your support - I know - this morning I am even more disappointed (after the fact) - as foodies - we probably all share that emphasis of attempting to find the best out there (in this case a restaurant) for the situation - and then I feel let down with the resulting experience. I will followup today or next business day for them.

                                            1. re: smilingal

                                              La Fontanella used to be one of my favorite restaurants; that was before Joe sold the place. I went there with my family shortly after it changed hands and it was disappointing. They said the chef was the same but I don't think so. The portions were smaller and the quality of the food was not up to par. Unfortunately I tried it again because of a friend of mine said she heard good things about the restaurant and wanted to try it. I was hoping that my previous time there was just an off night. Not so. Again it lacked what I used to like about the old LaFontanella good food. Everything was mediocre and tasteless.. I also would like a waiter to look at me when taking my order or explaining how a dish is prepared instead of looking elsewhere, not very professional. They won't see me either. I know they also own a restaurant I believe in Larchmont but I'm not sure of the name.

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                                              La Fontanella
                                              115 Wolfs Ln, Pelham, NY 10803

                                              1. re: victoria060

                                                So then Victoria - as we seem to have the same values in our experiences, what are a few of your favorites in Westchester? Last nights' was for a special occasion so I wanted something a bit nicer than norm. But anything you suggest would be appreciated. We are from the other side of the bridge!

                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                  Hi Smilingal Some of the restaurants that I enjoy for Italian Scaramella's in Dobbs Ferry,Cafe Azzumi in Hartsdale (they have a price fixe for $27 that's very nice) and Carlo's on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers that's very home style but NOT fancy. For fish I enjoy the Eastchester Fish Gourmet in Eastchester and for Greek I like Elia Taverna in Bronxville (Chester Heights). That;'s just to name a few. I have a few I like in New Jersey and Ct. but that's for another Chow Board.. Enjoy.

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                                                  Scaramella's Restaurant
                                                  1 Southfield Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                                                  1. re: victoria060

                                                    Oh Victoria! - please share your NJ restaurants too! I am in Rockland - my kids are in Westchester - but I border on Bergen so am very familiar with Jersey as well.

                                                    1. re: smilingal

                                                      To just mention a few I like Dinallo's in River Edge it's a little pricey and small. There's a huge bar when you come in which gets an after work crowd but don't let that deter you the food is excellent . Babylon (turkish) also in River Edge and it's BYOB Segovia's in Moonachie which is Spanish/Portuguese has excellent Paella and fresh seafood. Hope that helps, there's a lot more but these are my favorites.

                                                      1. re: victoria060

                                                        I love getting recommendations from fellow foodies that have been tried and true!
                                                        Thank you.

                                            2. re: addictedtolunch

                                              As a followup - I did speak with the manager who was extremely apologetic. He has been aware of the SALT problems. He also stated that we shouldn't have been charged for either birthday piece of cake! He is making acceptable reparations (correcting the cakes and the overcharging for the pasta) - but most importantly to me was that he seemed to "hear" what I was saying.

                                      2. Has anyone tried La Villetta in Larchmont lately?

                                        1. This thread is about a month old, but thought I'd post:

                                          Zuppa in Yonkers is definitely a must-try for anyone looking Italian in Westchester. I would say it is arguably one of the best restaurants (of any type) in the barren eating landscape known as Westchester County, NY.
                                          Delicately prepared & tasty food up and down the menu -- including nice fish options, great wine list (properly Italian-slanted).

                                          Another suggestion is Scalini in Bronxville. Their food is nicely done, Tuscan/northern Italian slant, service is impeccable & proper but very easy-going. The space and atmosphere is SOOO much more pleasant than the 5-ring circus that is Rosie's Bistro.

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                                          Zuppa Restaurant
                                          55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                                          1. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                            Somehow Zuppa always does get forgotten, but I have to agree with this assesment. I've had nothing but delicious food and wonderful experiences here. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.

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                                            Zuppa Restaurant
                                            55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                            1. re: wpfoodie

                                              I have never eaten there and the food may be delicious, but the menu is rather boring.

                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                Jhopp:
                                                what aspect of Zuppa's menu do you find boring?
                                                I guess I'd be curious to hear about an Italian restaurant in Westchester that you find more interesting. I am always on the lookout for the next place.

                                                Right now the only Italian menus I think are worth the trip are Scalini, The Cookery, and Zuppa (in Yonkers). Well, Tarry Lodge has a few solid things as well, and the pastas are nicely done.

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                                                Zuppa Restaurant
                                                55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                                Tarry Lodge
                                                18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

                                                1. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                                  I am rarely wowed by any Italian restaurants to be honest and somewhat avoid them. While looking at their menu, it just seemed like a pretty much standard fare with a few exceptions. Their entree choices are pretty basic IMO.

                                                  1. re: jhopp217

                                                    Hey jhopp:
                                                    Believe me - I do wish there were some non-Italian restaurants that inspired me around lower or middle Westchester. Besides dropping a lot of dollars at Blue Hill or eating gyros at Lefteris, i just dont love anything.
                                                    That being said, I have thank the competing folks at those three places I mention that their execution is as good as it is...with some decent creativity and care.

                                                    Where do you eat?

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                                                    Blue Hill Cafe
                                                    2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

                                                    1. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                                      I will be totally honest. While I love delicious "special" dinners, I pretty much hit local places for pub food. I haven't been to an Italian restaurant in Westchester in the last 25 years that I have walked out and said "wow, that was worth it." I'm not saying I've had terrible meals everywhere, but usually it's mediocre. I used to laugh (at myself), but back in the day (late80's) the best Penne Vodka around was at the Odyssey Diner in Eastchester. Huge chunks of proscuitto floating in the creamiest sauce. Usually now whenever i go out high end, it's to a steakhouse. Italian food, or should I say American Italian food just doesn't do it for me. I'm so sick of pasta I've only had it two, maybe three times in the past year and a half and once was in an Irish pub and sadly it was better than most Italian restaurants. The three places I have been meaning to try are The Cookery, Elia's Taverna and 808 Bistro. All close to me and not to ridiculously priced. Plus, all three have been recommended by people I trust when it comes to food.

                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                        Hoping to report back on The Cookery in the next week or two.

                                                        1. re: smilingal

                                                          My only experience there was picking up a check (my company did some work there) and the place was pretty busy at lunchtime. One warning not about the food. It is very loud in there, so I'd suggest getting there early or maybe going for a late lunch. Bar was very nice. Small but nice.

                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                            I liked the food at the Cookery but I won't ever go back because of the noise. It's absolutely impossible to have a conversation with your dining mates there. The din is unbearable, and spoils any of the good food coming out of there.

                                                            Itg seems the public is divided 50-50 on this, the place is small and always crowded; so there is a percentage of folks that don't mind screaming at each other (and listening to everyone else screaming) for 90 minutes...

                                                            1. re: menton1

                                                              Last week when I was there, we had a 6:30 reservation, and it was fine when we got there, but by the time we left around 8, and I agree that it was extremely loud. Especially during the week I think they have a boisterous after work bar crowd. I like that it's lively and I'm thrilled that they're doing well, but it was a little too much for us. The food is so good that I don't mind at all having an early dinner there to avoid the loud crowd-- weeknights they serve dinner beginning at 5:30. I've been there for brunch and it is not as loud.

                                                2. re: jhopp217

                                                  Went to Zuppa, and, yeah, not exciting or special IMHO., But everyone I know seems to really like the place. (shrugs).

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                                                  Zuppa Restaurant
                                                  55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                              2. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                                Chairman Meeow:

                                                What's a "Tuscan/Northern Italian" slant??

                                                1. re: menton1

                                                  Menton1:
                                                  while I wouldn't peg Scalini (or Zuppa) with a specific style (e.g., Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, and others in the Val di Chiana,, etc), they avoid the tired red sauce style that is so prevalent in Westchester.
                                                  Grilled high quality meats, delicate fish, pastas with tasty but understated sauces.
                                                  If you haven't been to either Zuppa or Scalini (and now add the Cookery) to the list, you should go. If you are looking for the same old Westchester red saucy chicken parm or penne alla vodka...go to one of these other places mentioned in this thread.

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                                                  Zuppa Restaurant
                                                  55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                                  Scalini Osteria
                                                  65 Pondfield Rd Ste 14, Bronxville, NY 10708

                                                  1. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                                    That's all well and good, Meeow, but it has little to do with "Tuscan/Northern Italian slant". Do these places serve Ribollita?

                                                    1. re: menton1

                                                      menton - thanks for the introduction to Ribollita - I had to google it as it was unfamiliar to me - I see a few differing recipes - one with kale and cabbage, another with spinach. Might try a version!

                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                        A ubiquitous dish in Tuscany, yet never found at a "Tuscan style" restaurant here. Really good on a cold day, I'll be over to share it when you make it! Lol.

                                                        (Bread soup)

                                                        1. re: menton1

                                                          I seem to recall we are fairly close neighbors! Have you any particular favorite tested recipe you have made?

                                                          1. re: menton1

                                                            Lanterna in Nyack has ribollita on the menu.

                                                            1. re: Marge

                                                              i like Lanterna - a new reason to go for a visit!

                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                I have been at Lanterna twice recently for business dinners. Both times, the food was awful. Maybe I ordered wrong, but i wouldn't voluntarily return.

                                                        2. re: menton1

                                                          Ribollita! What a simple pleasure, but rarely seen here. Zuppa actually had it as a special for a week about two years ago, and Angelo had it for a short while on his menu at Scalini sometime in the last 3 years.
                                                          By the way, the finest execution of ribollita is probably at Le Logge del Vignola in Montepulciano. We have been spending two weeks in Montepulciano every November for the past 7 years. From there my wife and I look for our next good lunch and dinner within a ~100 km radius (except, of course, there really arent any good places to eat in Siena).

                                                          So while I didn't call Zuppa or Scalini or The Cookery a Tuscan restaurant, why would you argue with saying a Tuscan/northern slant? I mean those restaurants don't have artichokes alla giudia or cacio e pepe typical of Roman fare, so I can't call them that. Nor the saffron, raisins, nutmeg, or amounts of seafood to say Sicilian.
                                                          They have very few (if any) dishes slathered in red tomato sauce, so I won't call it Westchester Italian.

                                                          I'm really not trying to say I know a lot about Italian cuisine, even though I am passionate about it (and my wife and I were eloped in Rome 2 years ago...mainly because we wanted to eat our celebratory meal at a favorite place - in the Testaccio)...I am not sure how else to describe this three restaurants that will sum up the "it's not res sauce Westchester Italian food)!

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                                                          Zuppa Restaurant
                                                          55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                                          Westchester Italian
                                                          24 Depot Sq, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                                                          1. re: ChairmanMeeow

                                                            It seems that the description you were driving at was "more creative than a typical red-sauce Italian-American."

                                                            "Tuscan" conjures up a menu like Lanterna, pretty unique on this side of the Atlantic.

                                                            "Northern Italian" has no meaning at all...

                                                  2. Finally made it to Angelina's in Tuckahoe.

                                                    Although this place was on my "to try" list, I ended up there strictly by chance last Saturday night. I had a cold and a craving for hot Thai tom yum soup to open my sinuses, so we headed over to Tangerine Thai in Tuckahoe, my favorite, only to find that the restaurant section was closed for a party that night, although they offered take out. Thinking of what else was in the vicinity, I remembered Angelina's and tried to remember exactly where it was, only to look up and see their back awning visible a few doors away. They were just around the corner. I had heard that you have to walk through their front pizza parlour to get into the restaurant beyond so was prepared for that oddity.

                                                    Once in, it was a pretty place and already starting to fill at 6:30. We had no reservation but were promptly seated in a booth in a nice bar area with about a 1/2 dozen tables where we were able to watch the Yankees lose to Texas. The menu is huge, as is the wine list. Wines by the glass were somewhat disappointing as to winery and some were overpriced -- we did not opt to order a bottle from the extensive (also pricey) list that evening. Our waiter was pleasant, friendly, patient, but often MIA at least in that section on a busy night. Only after our meal did I realize how many busy tables the restaurant had in the further back room. Anyhow, on to the food/service. We ordered a tricolore mixed salad to split for the appetizer as we were aware that the entrees would be large. The salad was a good size and ok to split, but I could have handled it by myself. I can understand complaints about the restaurant's prices as it was $12 for the salad, and a few $ extra if you wanted shaved parmagiano or gorgonzola on top. For the main course, I ordered the shrimp/calamari/scungulli combo over pasta (any kind) with fra diablo sauce. My BF ordered the filet mignon, medium rare with mushroom sauce. Both were priced at $28. My BF had to send his steak back as it came out overcooked. This is when it would have been nice to see our waiter, but we grabbed one of the servers to find him. My seafood pasta on the other hand was perfect and delicious -- calamari and scungulli were really tender and the sauce was good. Portion was far larger than I could handle and I didn't opt to bring the leftovers home. When my BF's new filet mignon came out he was happy with it. It was also a hefty portion and he said the sauce and the steak were great. Waiter apologized for the problem and at the end of the meal the owner sent over free drinks, whether for the filet or just because, I don't know. The owner was in evidence walking around and chatting with the many regulars during the evening. He didn't stop by to talk to us, but the drinks were appreciated. No room for dessert. I would rate our entrees a 9.0 or 9.5. Appetizers were expensive, but I would try next time if hungrier or splitting. Overall, it was a lovely restaurant and I imagine if it was other than a busy Saturday night there would not have been problems with the service. We will be back again.

                                                    1. Valentino's in Yonkers is my favorite. The stuffed artichokes and lasagna are my favorites.

                                                      1. Hey, just tried another good Italian restaurant last nite, right here in NewRo -- Da Giorgio. Small, cozy, but doesn't feel crowded. Food very good, solid wine list, excellent service. All around a relaxed, friendly vibe and pleasant evening. If this was Zagat's, I'd give it a 22-23.

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                                                        Da Giorgio
                                                        77 Quaker Ridge Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10804

                                                        1. I suggest Agostino's Italian Ristorante at 336 Pelham Rd. (It was on the border of Pelham for a few years on Main Street in New Rochelle but downsized to a location on Pelham Rd. in May 2010,)

                                                          Agostino's has wonderful Italian food, and a wonderful kitchen, with masterful cooking by Anna Catalano. Had the pleasure of hosting a 90th year birthday party in their previous locaiton in 2010.

                                                          Here is a decent review: of Agostino's:
                                                          http://newrochelle.patch.com/articles...

                                                          Chowhound still has old address listed here. It is no longer on Main Street.

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                                                          Agostino's Italian Ristorante
                                                          969 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                                                          1. Has anyone dined at Toscana in Eastchester? We thought we would give it a try, but I have not seen any reviews posted.

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                                                            1. re: EIF1lady

                                                              Underwhelmed myself, but for some reason the place gets pretty good reviews.

                                                              1. re: EIF1lady

                                                                Personally, I love Toscana and have eaten there at least a1/2 dozen times. Always a warm welcome from Domenico, the manager. Think the menu is more inventive than most Italian restaurants and includes lots of great seafood dishes which is what I order -- my BF usually gets the veal or lamb. Many good specials too. The eggplant rollatini appetizer is excellent, and even the tricolor salad is worth noting. We haven't had a bad meal there. The desserts are mostly homemade, and the fruit tarte is delicious. The Zambiolone (spelling..??) should be skipped as it is cold not freshly made/warm, and the tiramisu and cheesecake are good but not outstanding. The service is typically quite good -- some of the waiters like to kid around a little -- makes you feel at home and the room is pretty. I don't hesitate to recommend it! Another place we love is in New Rochelle in the Quaker Ridge shopping center -- DaGiorgio. Lovely. Prices are standard/moderate at both places. Please post again if you go with your impressions.

                                                                1. re: cloverose

                                                                  My husband and I went to Scaramella's in Dobbs Ferry for the first time last week and it was out of this world. I highly suggest going there. Another favorite of ours is LA GROTTA on Midland Avenue in Yonkers. Very authentic and the closest thing to my mother's cooking!