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Feb 8, 2011 08:52 AM

Serafina coming to White Plains

I was driving through White Plains late yesterday and I notice a sign in the window of the empty space by the Ritz and I thought it said Serafina on it. It definitely had their yellow. This would be a great addition if it was true. Can anyone confirm this?

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    1. re: valerie

      just what white plains needs! more italian restos yay!

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          I did not want to be the one that said it this time so thanks wcg :)! Would you say they are a micro-chain like the livanos family though? Or does the fact that they have locations internationally skew that? I guess it depends on how good the food is. The menus don't exactly scream out creative, unique or locally driven...

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Are more chains coming in to White Plains because the real estate is getting too expensive for small owners? If so, I feel that is a sad consequence of our growth as a city.

              1. re: lucyis

                Rent is so expensive that the chains survive because they can absorb the cost.

    2. it does say on the website that it's coming...

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      1. re: MRS

        Serafina opened Tuesday, April 26.

        1. re: Bob P

          going tonight; will report back. looked at the menu at one of the NY City places; certainly not cheaper that the previous tenant.

          1. re: martyl9

            Let us know how it is. My go to Italian place in WP is Francesco's - don't know if this can compare.

            1. re: HunterJay

              I am a regular at Francesco; not the same at all. Totally different food and scene.

              Table of 8, we arrived about 8pm
              place crowded and loud. only the third night open. much help and a bit disorganize; one of the owners was on hand.
              Didn't get a look at the wine list; the wine ordered seemed to be fine; a second bottle was ordered. cocktails were good, other than they forgot to order olives for the martinis. the mojoti was large and good
              the menu is like the other Serafinas; the price are approximately the same as NYC. check out their web site for their other locations' menus,
              HJ, you will see immediately how different restaurant than Francescos. (Frank still has the best pizza in WP).
              we started with three pizzas; Al Tarfufo Nero, with black truffle, Di Sofia (?), with four differenct cheeses (actually two layer pizza, like a pie) and the margherita. all very thin crust; seemed to be liked by all.
              As it was late, i was the only one to order a appetizer, the Il tartare di sofia, tuna and salmon tartar; not bad but a little bland.
              most had salads for their main course, the Serafina "chicken salad" was quit good. my better half had the rigatoni alla bolognese. there was a herb in the meat that was too sweet for my taste. I had the Chicken breast paillard with arugula which was great. My sense was that you didn't want to push the kitchen just yet for the roasted food as they seem to still to be getting their bearings.
              the desserts were great other then the expresso with the al fargotti was cold. The italian style cheesecake and tiramus as well as the fruit tart were sampled.
              Based on my visits to Serafina in NYC, the White Plains location will be a fine addition to the WP diining scene once they get settled.

              1. re: martyl9

                We went there last night. Manhattan type scene. Good energy even some eye candy but not NY level. Ragged service, nice menu, great Prosciutto d Parma, appetizer, salty Ravioli entre, nice wine selection.

                Waiter was an amateur giving us hurried service and the check with the coffee. Usual White Plains busboys taking your plate away while you have food in your mouth. Like they couldn't wait to get us out and I was glad to leave.

                The owner, Vittorio, was super nice and quite distressed when we expressed our dismay to him. Worth another try if only for his sincerity.

                For the moment stick with Sal's, California Pizza, Frank Pepe's and Mulino's. Za Za also for high end Pizza Trattoria food.

                Za Za
                1207 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065