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Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen (Fisher Ave. Eastchester) this is so much more than just pizza...

chowdom Mar 25, 2011 11:15 AM

Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen is located in the space previously occupied by Chubby's, La Eateria... I passed by several times over the past few weeks and finally decided to stop in to grab a menu.
The restaurant has been completely renovated ( I will post pics when I can) It is small with only a few tables, I am sure they will be doing a brisk take out business. It has more of a Brooklyn vibe than Westchester I mean that in a good way. The owners were really friendly and take pride in the fact that they use only high quality local ingredients. The menu is comprised of interesting salads for example ( escarole with pancetta vinaigrette, crispy shallots, rehydrated apricots and a deep fried egg) yum. Five sandwich choices. There is mortadella with creamy dijon, escarole, fontina, brioche and roast pork with cilantro cream, house pickled veggies on chibatta... There are beef or pork meatballs and an Asian inspired chicken meatball. In addition there are several varieties of fries such as spicy chili, truffle parmesan..., grandma pies with toppings that include escarole, potato, pancetta, egg... There is also pappardelle bolognese, spaghetti with tomato, basil, onion and penne vodka and several vegetable sides. Daily specials are also available.
Salads are $8, sandwiches $10, meatballs $7 pasta $14
I ordered the roast pork sandwich and a slice of potato, escarole pie both were delicious. I am so grateful to have this new addition to the hood

  1. roxlet Mar 25, 2011 12:25 PM

    Sounds very interesting, chowdom. It's not on my usual route, so could remind me: If you're heading north on 22, where do you make your left?

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      chowdom Mar 25, 2011 12:54 PM

      Roxlet you would make the left at the light at the intersection that was recently under construction. Stop & shop on your right, mobile station on the left.
      I just looked at the photo I took of the blackboard that has the desserts listed. Cinnamon sugar zeppoles with blue bottle coffee mascarpone, chocolate mousse with whipped cream & dulce de leche, and amaretto ricotta cheese cake with grand marnier zabaglione.

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        roxlet Mar 25, 2011 03:31 PM

        So a left on Fisher Avenue? It's Mill Road on one side of 22 and Fisher on the other. My son is on spring break, and it would be a good lunch spot.

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          chowdom Mar 25, 2011 05:53 PM

          Yes a left onto Fisher ( Mill is on the other side of 22) the restaurant is on the left side of the street last grouping of stores before you get to the first light on Fisher.
          ps had the best cup of coffee (french press) I have ever had in a restaurant in Westchester County.

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      cubanat Mar 25, 2011 12:27 PM

      Sounds super. Now I've got to get to Eastchester!

      1. chowdom Mar 25, 2011 03:40 PM

        lunch and dinner

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        1. chowdom Apr 1, 2011 07:42 AM

          Has anyone checked polpettina out yet? They don't have a website but they have a facebook page with a menu posted. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polpett... I have been back several times with friends who have returned with more friends. OMG the warm marinated olives with smoked lardo and pecorino toasts.

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            juweee May 8, 2011 03:50 PM

            I went for the second time last night. I am so excited about this place, definitely a nice addition to the neighborhood. Fresh and delicious food, bringing a new twist to the usual Italian found in these parts. Beef meatballs are amazing, and so are the fries and the thin crust pie. They also have a small bar and a their liquor license. Rumor is that they are expanding next door.

          2. chowdom Apr 1, 2011 07:44 AM

            I forgot to post a photo

             
            1. roxlet Apr 1, 2011 08:25 AM

              I haven't gone yet, but most definitely want to!!!

              1. chowdom May 8, 2011 08:24 PM

                Below is a link to the thread where I posted a few additonal photos of recent meals http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776265

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                  foodiemom10583 May 8, 2011 09:14 PM

                  Chowdom, if I ever open up a restaurant, I will do whatever it takes to earn your loyalty. You are a person of integrity. You are a mensch (or "womensch").

                2. roxlet May 12, 2011 01:32 PM

                  I stopped by there today to pick up some lunch, and I am sorry to say that I wasn't blown away. Maybe I chose wrong, and I will definitely go back to try some other offerings just in case. I decided that I wanted a salad, and the arugula with beets and burata sounded good. Truthfully, it was kind of bland. The arugula was the baby type that you can find in any good market and that has very little of the peppery bite you associate with arugula. The burata wasn't a true burata -- more of a soft piece of mozzarella, and there were 3 or 4 pieces of pecan halves thrown in for good measure. The dressing was extremely light almost to the point of being tasteless. The beets were sort of woody tasting. It was the kind of salad that if I had made at home I would feel was missing something. Although it was a main course salad, there wasn't really enough for lunch. I decided to order a piece of the square cheese pizza. It was extremely under-seasoned, and I added both salt and red pepper flakes to get it to taste like anything. Maybe I should have ordered one of the sandwiches or the meatballs, but this was definitely a tepid introduction to Polpettina.

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                    jhopp217 Aug 10, 2011 06:40 AM

                    I can hit the place with a ball I live so close and have only been once. I guess that should say something. I must admit, that the prices are the drawback. I have a friend who ordered a pie with one topping and a meatball wedge and it came to $31 pre-tax. I finally caved in and had to try it. I will start by saying, I love Chubby's as a deli and thought most of their pizza's were very good. While it never got the kudos for it's entrees and sandwiches, they were top notch. La Eateria was almost as good with most and actually better with one or two pizzas. I wasn't in the mood to spend $10-11 for a sub and definitely not $7 for little meatballs, so I went with two slices. I ordered one with chicken parm and one white slice. The chicken parm was good and the white was average at best. What I couldn't understand (in comparison to the older two places) was the wait. I watched them flip the pizza right in the oven as soon as I ordered. A good 7-8 minutes went by before I got my slices (as opposed to 3-4 at Chubby's). What floored me was when they told me the price. $9.25 for two slices of pizza. While I can't say they were bad, they definitely weren't worth $10. I asked locals about it and while the place is packed every night, I have heard the food is very hit or miss.

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                      Cashvalue Feb 19, 2012 05:31 AM

                      I've been eating Roma's pizza for over 40 years. I always said it was the best. I had a whole pizza at Polpetinna and I have to say, it's better than Roma's. This is the best pizza I've ever eaten.

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                        jhopp217 Feb 19, 2012 09:17 AM

                        There is no saying I hate more than "it is what it is," but Roma's is what it is. I used to hate it. When I moved from Brooklyn in 1985, I liked real pizza. I tried Roma's and to me it tasted like a burnt pita bread with a tomato and cheese. Westchester pizza has always been pretty bad in comparison, but over the last 25 years, it's hit new lows. Roma's, consistently put forth a decent thin crust pizza. So I liked it more than the crap regular slices in the area. That being said, I had it two weeks ago and it was unspectacular. I really have to go to Polpettina and sit there, because the four slices I got to go (on two different occasions) were average and awful. Must have been a bad night. I'm scared when you say best pizza ever. Have you been to Lincoln Lounge? It blows Roma's out of the water. Pretty much any place in Brooklyn in the 70's and 80's make Lincoln Lounge seem bad, so take that for what it's worth.

                  2. jcmods May 26, 2011 10:38 AM

                    What is the roast pork sandwich like? I am wondering if it is anything at all like the Philly style pork sandwich which is thin slices of pork shoulder meat (whole shoulder right out of the oven) dipped in a juice bath and piled onto a roll with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe or greens (with tons of garlic). I mean, I am not expecting the EXACT same thing, but something close. Places that say they have a roast pork sandwich are usually just selling a cold deli meat version. Been jonesin' for a good sandwich (besides Fleetwood Joe's meatball wedge) since I moved back here from Philly.

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                      foodiemom10583 May 26, 2011 11:04 AM

                      Please report back if you get it. We didn't have a good experience with it.

                    2. roxlet May 26, 2011 04:15 PM

                      I drove by there the other day, and it looks like they are expanding into the space next door.

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                        magnolia May 28, 2011 12:28 PM

                        We had lunch there today and shared a thin crust pizza. It was quite good. We will go back to try other things. DH wants to try the meatballs. I'm up for a sandwich. It's an easy walk from our house so at least we burn a few calories!

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                          dbunis Jun 5, 2011 04:32 AM

                          We are very excited about this place. Had lunch there and ordered a Neopolitan pizza which was outstanding. I also got a soft crab sandwich with frisee and spicy aioli which was also great (and unforeseen at a pizza kitchen). As mentioned above, the vibe is more Brooklyn than Westchester which is a breath of fresh air to us.

                          They are expanding into the space next door as soon as permits are approved. This space will include a coffee bar.

                          My wife wanted to go back for dinner the same day we ate lunch there! Can't wait to try more specials. The only minor critique is that they overloaded the pizza with pork meatballs which overwhelmed the delicate thin crust (we got half plain). But we'll be back again and again and hope they do well.

                          Now if we can get someone to put a high quality, simple "local, organic, simple, american" place in bronxville, we'll be all set. Maybe we'll convince the Polpettina guys to branch out!

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                            cubanat Aug 1, 2011 02:03 PM

                            Went on Friday night and all I have to say is WOW! Tiny and cramped for our big eating crew of 5 but well worth it. Had multiples of the beef balls, chicken balls, neopolitan pie, spagetti with gravy, the zeppoles & the chocolate cake. Can't vouch for take out here but eating in was heavenly! I hope the expansion of the 'market" does not effect the quality and just gives us more seating for eating in! Parking sucks but well worth the walk. If the owners read this please open another branch in Rye, Rye Brook or Port Chester PLEASE!!

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                              MRS Aug 1, 2011 05:16 PM

                              oooh!!! if it's that good, I wish they would, too!!!!

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                                chowdom Aug 1, 2011 06:05 PM

                                Cubanat when available don't miss the lamb meatballs with foie gras or foie gras sauce.

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                                  cubanat Aug 2, 2011 02:05 PM

                                  You know now that you mention it upon leaving I noticed a few items written on the blackboard almost on the ceiling above the bar. They looked incredible but the servers did not mention them earlier so I'm not sure if they were old or not. is that where they would be if they had them? I want to go back now...

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                                    chowdom Aug 2, 2011 05:59 PM

                                    Yes the specials are on those boards most days they are posted on their facebook page as well, but usually not until early evening. you can always call and ask. The board all the way to the right lists the desserts. I am particularly fond of anything that involves their gelato. Many of the photos I posted on the various polpettina threads are of specials... When they have them do not miss the scallops either. Last week was spaghetti & clams with uni butter sauce, and baby bok choy with ginger & garlic...
                                    Geez someone once accused me of being a shill for the restaurant I can see why...

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                                      cubanat Aug 4, 2011 10:24 AM

                                      I know I apprciate it shill or not! Went back for lunch yesterday with group of 3. The escarole salad is gold medal worthy. Should be on list for best new dish in county easily. steak sandwich was tasty. stewed peach dessert was simply perfect. honey mascarpone was unbelievably good. pork meatballs were best of 3 imo. french fries "polpettina" also stellar. love this place. eating leftover steak sandich now for lunch...

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                            rgny Aug 5, 2011 10:01 AM

                            I live near this place and am interested. However, we have kids, and they don't seem to have kids portions. The menu says you can get slices of the Grandma pizza, but it doesn't have a price. How much are they? Are they big enough for a 9 year old to eat for dinner? How big is the large pizza?

                            This neighborhood is nearly all families with kids. I think I am typical in that I would really like a place with decent pizza, but I need to feed my kids without going bankrupt. I suspect they are going to need to cater to families to make it in that location. Hopefully they will. The old occupant, Chubbys, was dreadful.

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                              mrsdebdav Aug 5, 2011 01:55 PM

                              Why not call the restaurant and ask them? 914.961.0061

                              Or post your questions on their facebook page.
                              http://www.facebook.com/PolpettinaPizza

                              Or, perhaps, stop by?

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                                cubanat Aug 5, 2011 02:00 PM

                                The large pizza is huge imo. 8 large slices to maybe 6 in the small. Both times we went they seem to do a huge take out business. maybe not a great place for kids to eat in. it's such a tiny place.

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                                  chowdom Oct 12, 2011 07:52 AM

                                  Cubanat did you get an invite to the Polpettina Market grand opening? Photo of our smoked trout sandwich with pancetta, roasted peppers, arugula and lemon aioli from dinner last night, it was really delicious.

                                   
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                                    cubanat Oct 12, 2011 10:55 AM

                                    I most certainly did not! What are the details? I have not been by Polpettina in a bit sadly. Great pix as always.

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                                      chowdom Oct 12, 2011 02:16 PM

                                      email me chowdom3@gmail.com please for details

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                                  rgny Aug 5, 2011 04:47 PM

                                  well, I already have a bad impression. Despite the fact that their takeout menu says "Delivery" and their window says "Delivery" (I walk by every day), when I called just now, they said they don't do delivery

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                                    chowdom Aug 5, 2011 05:10 PM

                                    They are not delivering anymore ( as of August 1st) , as per their facebook page, delivery was being discontinued. They did explain that the integrity of the food was being compromsied. They offer half portions of most of the dishes albeit not cheap as they use organic and and quality ingredients. I have eaten in many times and more often than not see families dining with children.

                              2. jcmods Aug 10, 2011 01:53 PM

                                Wow. I looked at their menu and they are so close to just make a broccoli rabe with roast pork sandwich. They have all the ingredients (not sure about the Sharp Provolone....a must). I wonder if they could just make it. I really do think I need to check this place out.

                                1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 15, 2012 04:35 PM

                                  Just had a great pizza dinner at Polpettina. We were really impressed with it! The place is TINY, even tinier than I thought. We got there early (5 pm on the nose) and they seated us at the bar, which is not great for more than 2 people. Luckily a large party got up a couple of minutes after we arrived and we were able to sit down at a table. This place is totally no-frills casual, but they obviously care a great deal about the food they turn out. They have two great local beers on tap (plus a lot more in bottles), both Capt. Lawrence. We shared the farmhouse salad, which came with a buttermilk dressing full of fresh dill, pickled carrots and onions, and assorted lettuces. We ordered a Neapolitan pie and a Grandma's pie, both $18 (pretty comparable to a place like Frankie and Fanucci's for example, and enough for 4 hungry people). Both were excellent. The Neapolitan has a thin, flop-free, crisp crust with a good char, and a flavorful sauce and plentiful cheese. The Grandma's (which we got topped with their much-lauded meatballs) provided a great contrast-- thicker crust, saucier and cheesier, equally delicious. For dessert we shared a hot chocolate and gelato, which they get from the city (maybe il laboratorio? The waiter was not sure)-- dark chocolate and salted caramel which were both stupendously rich and creamy. Our server and all the staff we encountered were genial and welcoming. If you are looking for a casual meal a step above a typical pizzeria (i.e., not cheap but superior ingredients), this is your place. It's loud, crowded, and nothing fancy, so keep that in mind. I'll definitely be back to try more of the menu.

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                                    chowdom Jan 15, 2012 05:47 PM

                                    il laboratorio

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                                      cubanat Jan 17, 2012 02:39 PM

                                      did their market open yet? notice any construction?

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                                        chowdom Jan 17, 2012 03:48 PM

                                        The market side opened and was stocked with Italian specialty items. There was also a large coffee bar and cases with breakfast pastries, in addition they were were serving food.

                                        The town shut them down because the space is zoned for retail only. There is an online petition circulating seeking approval of a use variance, that will presented to the town commissioner next Wednesday.

                                        For the short time that both sides were open they were doing a brisk business and the wait time for a table was drastically reduced.

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                                          jhopp217 Jan 17, 2012 07:37 PM

                                          "Market?" Everyone knew this was not going to be a market. While I find the pizza very average, I do wish to try some of the other items I've heard raved about, specifically their meatballs and I do genuinely wish them the best. I just think it takes some cojones to put money into something without obtaining a permit. This happened before when East Bamboo opened up and I have heard rumblings, they will not be as lenient, because that is a more residential spot and parking and noise will become a definite issue, unlike the location of EB. I know people who were located in that spot before who were turned down.

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                                            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 18, 2012 02:54 AM

                                            Is there parking nearby other than the very limited street parking directly in front of the restaurant?

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                                              jhopp217 Jan 18, 2012 05:23 AM

                                              There is parking in the lot up the street, but I believe the town has an ordinance about restaurant seating based on street parking on any roads that don't have meters.

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                                                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 18, 2012 12:41 PM

                                                That makes sense. We had a lot of trouble finding a space. I imagine that if more restaurant seats were added the parking would be even worse. It's a very residential area. That said, this place is great and I'd love to see more seats and less of a wait, so I wonder what, if anything, can be done to improve the situation.

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                                                  cubanat Jan 18, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                  That stinks! This place rocks. Hell if Eastchester doesn't want them please send them to white plains, mamk, rye, harrison or rye brook!

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                                                    rgny Jan 21, 2012 06:25 AM

                                                    I live a block away, so I am glad that we have the place and that outsiders can't find parking :-). Parking is always hard here because of the train commuters.

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                                                      cubanat Jan 21, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                      Lucky b____d rgny!! I would give my left thumb for a place like this near my house.

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                                                        rgny Jan 21, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                        I have only been once. It is usually too crowded to get in

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                                        kazykobes Feb 14, 2012 06:29 PM

                                        This place is a great addition to the neighborhood. Despite space/parking issues, it is a real gem. Local brews, awesome pizza & great atmosphere. We found the pizza to be much better when you eat in vs. take out bc of the thinner/crispy style crust. After trying Burrata, Polpettina wins my vote!

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                                          jhopp217 Feb 14, 2012 09:52 PM

                                          You tried Burrata already? It's been open a half a second, haha. I must try polpettina again, because I went when they first opened and didn't like the pizza at much at all. I am hoping Burrata makes it and works out whatever kinks. Polpettina is always packed, so i've been hesitant to go back to sit

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                                            kazykobes Feb 15, 2012 04:23 AM

                                            A margarhita pie @ Burrata which was 4 small slices & a personal size pizza was $12, the "fancier pies" $14-$17, all personal sized. @ Polpettina I like the thin style & went pie vs slices. The Polpetina pie was tasty & fed 3 people just fine with a shared salad. I also enjoyed PPTina's pasta & meatballs. Burratas menu is a liitle more "sophisticated" in choices but also limited. It's worth a try, but don't expect traditional NYC style pizza or you will be dissapointed.

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                                              PositivePatsy Feb 18, 2012 08:30 AM

                                              Went to polpettina last night with a few people and had a great time. I have been there before for a quick slice and enjoyed it but i really wanted to dine in and try their entrees. We had a brooklyn pie to start. thin crust and delicious. We all had pasta dishes. I had the rigatoni carbonara with truffles and pancetta. so amazing. my husband had the papadella with bolognese . equally amazing. my friends had the eggplant parm and tomato basil pasta. they were very pleased. Finished the night off with some cappuccinos and zeppolis. The zeps had a marscapone dipping sauce which was to die for!. Very pleased i would go again any day of the week.

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                                                jhopp217 Feb 18, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                I want to try both. I've had the pizza at polpettina twice and was unimpressed. Fairly flavorless IMO. I was at Piper's Kilt last night and I heard Burrata was so mobbed they were turning people away at 7pm and that they were booked for tonight already. Only heard two reviews from friends and both said good, but pricey. I could care less about price if it's good. Roma's is very good, but I don't like the atmosphere, so I never go there. Burrata and Polpettina both look great, but the proof is in the food. I also hear great things about Chianti on Marbledale. Would be nice if something other than Italian would open up

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                                            FatCobra Apr 13, 2012 07:21 PM

                                            The square pie at lincoln lounge is the best

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                                              chowdom Apr 13, 2012 07:44 PM

                                              I like the square pie at lincoln lounge too. I asked my waitress what brand of olive oil they used to coat the pan and told me that they coat the pan with margarine? I don't care for the crust on their regular pie, its to crackerish for my taste.

                                               
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                                                FatCobra Apr 13, 2012 11:01 PM

                                                Really? Its odd that what they use is so darn good. Powdered garlic, regular not plum tomatoes and margerine? ..ive recently tried ZaZa in hartsdale and it was very very good pizza

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                                                  foodiemom10583 Apr 14, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                  Did you get their regular thin crust or the ultra-thin, crepe-like crust?

                                            2. roxlet Apr 17, 2012 10:53 AM

                                              I was at the cafe to meet a friend for coffee today, and since it was almost past the lunch hour, I decided to go in to the restaurant proper to get some lunch. This was only my second encounter with Polpettina, the last being underwhelming. Instead of a salad and pizza, which I had ordered last time, I ordered the chicken parm sandwich to go. When I got home, I bit into the nicely prepared sandwich, but after a couple of bites, I had to toss it. This was perhaps the most inedibly garlicky thing that I have ever had the misfortune to eat, and let me tell you, I love garlic. My mouth still has the flavor even after brushing my teeth and using mouthwash. The people are so nice, I would love to love this place, but I am sorry to say that this second experience will be my last.

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                                                jhopp217 Apr 18, 2012 12:58 AM

                                                I have a friend who praised this place when it first opened, but said it's gone downhill quickly. As I've stated before, I've tried it twice, four different slices. Very underwhelming. I also have noticed in the past three months they have posted job offers for pizza chefs, multiple times. Not a good sign. I would love for the place to be great, because it's literally 100 yards from my door. I miss Chubby's.

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                                                  roxlet Apr 18, 2012 05:22 AM

                                                  The first time I went was when it had first opened, so, personally, I see no difference at all....

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                                                  chowdom Apr 19, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                  Roxlet that is bizzare and awful especially considering they don't prepare their chicken parm sandwiches with garlic. That's a big mistake on their part,one that I'm sure they would want to know about. I would call or stop by to get a refund, yuck.

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                                                    roxlet Apr 19, 2012 12:35 PM

                                                    How do you know that they don't prepare their chicken parm sandwiches with garlic, chowser? When I make chicken parm, I use garlic in the breadcrumb mixture, but this didn't seem to have breadcrumbs at all. It was as if it had been completely slathered in raw garlic after it was cooked. This was definitely and intense raw garlic taste like it had been put through a garlic press because there weren't any pieces that I could detect. I really don't seen any reason to stop back there at all. It's $11 down the drain, and I will truly never go back.

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                                                      chowdom Apr 19, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                      Chowser? Attached is a photo of a Polpettina chicken parm hero. Chicken, breading, cheese, sauce (no garlic) it is not prepared with garlic. No reason to go back, how about the $11 you wasted. Go get your money I'm telling you it is not normally prepared with garlic. Roxlet I am not trying to be snarky,I swear. If they screwed up your order you deserve a refund whether you ever eat there again or not.

                                                       
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                                                        jhopp217 Apr 19, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                        Silly, question...who makes the sauce without garlic. That would be Italian blasphemy. I have never heard of any red sauce not having garlic in it. Odd that this one doesn't (or has too much)

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                                                          wincountrygirl Apr 20, 2012 03:37 AM

                                                          I'm confused by this too. Is it maybe that the garlic is not overwhelming? I've never heard of a red sauce without garlic either.

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                                                            chowdom Apr 20, 2012 05:46 AM

                                                            The way I read Roxlet's first post regarding the excessive garlic I assumed she was referring to actual pieces of garlic in the sandwich or the sandwich having been prepared on garlic bread, neither of which is the case. Perhaps they use garlic in their sauce, I have had it plenty of times. The basil is pronounced, if there is garlic in there it is not. When Roxlet clarified in her next post that she saw no actual garlic in the sauce ( like it had been put through a press) I wondered if maybe they put raw sauce on her sandwich, i'm perplexed. Hope that clears things up. Also the chicken most definitely is breaded. Something strange happened to her order.

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                                                          roxlet Apr 20, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                          Sorry, chowdom. Chowser is on another board.

                                                          Whether or not they make their sauce with our without garlic, this was the single most overwhelmingly garlicky thing that I have ever had the misfortune to eat. I should have photographed it before I tossed it.

                                                          It's water under the bridge right now as far as I'm concerned.

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                                                            chowdom Apr 20, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                            lol, between Chowser and the uncharacteristic typo I thought you were hacked!

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                                                              roxlet Apr 20, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                              Nope, it's me. Sorry, chowdom!!!

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                                                      toppom Apr 21, 2012 04:04 PM

                                                      My wife and I went last night...we were headed to Burrata up the street and didn't want to wait for a table, and as well, thought that it was too loud. So, we walked down the street and after a few minute wait were seated at the bar. What an amazing meal! Starting with the friendly bartender, who recommended all hits for us to try. Captain Lawrence on tap - the Imperial IPA and Pilsner. We started with the meatball sampler....very tasty. Then we got a small Neapolitan with onions which was excellent and topped with a healthy bunch of fresh basil. We also got the Brussel Sprout, Bacon and Taleggio special pizza...also amazing. For desert we shared the chocolate cake with the salted caramel. People around us at the bar ordered pastas and the roast chicken and were all raving. Very comfortable atmosphere with a great menu, beer and wine list and a great vibe. We will definitely go back!!

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                                                        jhopp217 Apr 25, 2012 04:36 AM

                                                        Just going from my memory of the menu (I don't order desserts when out normally), the app, the two pizzas (assuming both were small) and the beers (assuming you both had two), you're looking at approximately an $80 bill before tax and tip. And here lies my problem with Polpettina and a lot of the new pizza places. I'm sorry, but if I'm going out to dinner with one other person, I'm not shelling out $100 for pizza (average pizza at that).

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                                                          cubanat Apr 25, 2012 02:30 PM

                                                          here lies my problem with what you are saying. if you don't see it as a value then don't eat there. you obviously don't care for the food but others do! i have not been there more often only because it's a bit crammed for my large family ( i wish they opened closer to rye also) but if toppom loved it then why shoot her experince down? I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions but here you have a excellent local business that is trying to survive and you poo poo it often without much actual patronage. There desserts happen to be stellar so next time don't drink the $6 beers and get a zeppole plate! their small pizzas are not that small also so that $80 meal you describe if your numbers are correct should leave a party with leftovers enough for another lunch!

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                                                            mrsdebdav Apr 25, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                            In my mind there's a distinction between the "new pizza places," you refer to, and the old style pizzerias. I appreciate both the old and the new, but they are different experiences.
                                                            I don't think two people could spend $100 at a local pizza parlor, even if they wanted to. However, sometimes formica tables, paper napkins and a diet coke just doesn't cut it.
                                                            I won't quibble with your opinion about Polpettina's pizza (altho' I loved my Sprout/Taleggio pie). The higher priced places offer a different experience, broader menu, IMHO higher quality ingredients, a nice wine list... but you still get to eat pizza!
                                                            To me, it's all good.

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                                                              cubanat Apr 25, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                              well said debdav. i just hate seeing places as I travel to the other cities that are thriving with great local restos and we can't support the ones here that are trying to serve something other then large plate mass market sysco-crap! the new school may not be for everyone and if you are charging a premium then it better be good. In my 5 times at polpettina the food has always been priceless not expensive!

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                                                                jhopp217 Apr 26, 2012 02:11 AM

                                                                Cubanat, you are assuming a lot of things in your comments. I am not trying to bash a local business at all, but CH has become inundated with people writing glowing reviews for reasons other than the food (connections to owners, chefs, etc) and while I like what they did with the place, I have been there twice and had two bad experiences, both with food and service (and got takeout). My biggest issue with the place is the price. Why is it more expensive than Tarry Lodge for pizza?

                                                                The main point was that while the review was glowing and wonderful, I like to use CH as a tool and when people forget to mention that they spent $100 for some meatballs, pizza and beer, I find it somewhat irresponsible. As for your comment about the food being priceless, all I have to say is WOW.

                                                                I agree with mrsdebdav about the inability to spend that kind of dough in an old school pizzeria, but I disagree with your assessment that there would be plenty of leftovers. From what i've seen a large pie would be an appetizer for two. Maybe it's changed since my last time. I might have to give it a chance not to have a third strike, but I'm not going to base my comment here on support when the product isn't up to par.

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                                                                  raider Apr 26, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                  at the risk of adding my 2 cents, and to try to simplify the issue, let me just state that polpettina is an itialian restaurant with outstanding food, including for take out (which i prefer, because the only down side of the place is that it is too small). I don't know which i like better, the sandwiches, truffle fries, or zeppole, but i'm working on that. polpettina is not a local pizzeria.

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                                                                    jhopp217 Apr 26, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                                    It's my humble opinion that Westchester residents have accepted that the level of pizza has fallen so far that anything seen as gourmet is embraced. I personally like Pizza. I don't like pita bread with three toppings. That isn;t pizza, but it's very popular in WC. Like I said, I've only had pizza, but heard many mixed things about food.

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                                                                    paris1976 Apr 26, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                    I have yet to try this place out. Reviews seem mixed but I am one always for trying the local places to see what's going on. Do they do slices or is it a personal size only like Burratta? And is it better to stay and eat or will it survive a take out? Just wondering??

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                                                                      roxlet Apr 26, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                      jhopp217, I have to agree with you on Polpettina's. My first experience was extremely mediocre, and the food was tasteless. My second experience was having coffee in the cafe with a friend who loves the place. My cappuccino was tepid. Then I decided to have lunch, and my sandwich was inedible. I don't think you're trying to drag anyone down. Caveat emptor is the name of the game. Up the street is Burrata. For $10 they serve a special lunch ($1 less than my horrible sandwich from Polpetina) that consists of an appetizer and a pizza. It was excellent, and I'm having another lunch there tomorrow. Now THERE'S a local restaurant I can get behind.

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                                                                        cubanat Apr 26, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                                        From their latest menu the meal that was described comes to $66. That is assuming the dessert was $10 since it is not listed on the website. NOT $100 and in my opinion PRICELESS.

                                                                        Breakdown as $9 for meatball sampler (most expensive "app" is $10 truffle fries btw), small pie with 1 topping $15, special tallegio pie $18, 2 of higher end draft beers at $7 each plus $10 for dessert.

                                                                        To repond to Paris I personnally do not do take out anywhere especially for this menu BUT it is a challenge to eat in since they have so few tables. Well worth it and form your own opinion!

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                                                                          foodiemom10583 Apr 26, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                          Actually, jhopp217 said that each party had 2 beers, so add another $14. The total is, indeed, $80 before tax and tip.

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                                                                            cubanat Apr 26, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                            Still a far cry from $100 though no?

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                                                                            jhopp217 Apr 26, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                                            I was going to say...you don't pay tax or tip or [ay for drinks? JK

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                                                                              toppom Apr 26, 2012 06:16 PM

                                                                              Hopping back in here...cubanat was right on the nose with respect to the bill: it was $65.50 before the tip. I had 2 beers and my wife had 1. The meatballs were very good, and the 2 pizzas excellent. (We brought most home and I was still stuffed) plus one dessert. OK...is it the best pizza I've ever had?? ...maybe close, for not being a wood-fired oven place. Can I compare it to pizza in Naples, Tuscany or Brooklyn? What can I say? I really enjoyed it.

                                                                              Now compared to the Tarry Lodge?!??! Please check out:
                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736161

                                                                              For ONE pizza, the mixed vegetable appetizer, octopus appetizer and drinks (no dessert)... over $100, with the worse service ever. I live in PC and can walk to the Tarry Lodge and will never go back. I won't even go in to the Market...but that's another story.

                                                                              Not knocking it: but went to the Colony Grill in Stamford, CT...great bar pizza (and that's it!) 3 pizzas with toppings, 2 Sam Adams drafts (average beer at best) and my wife had a glass of wine....no dessert, salad, etc and it came to $54. Again, great vibe, good bar pizza, but close to what we paid for our meal in Eastchester.

                                                                              So, would I drive 20 minutes to go back to Polpettina? Yes! Friendly service with great food. Well worth it.

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                                                                                jhopp217 Apr 27, 2012 01:11 AM

                                                                                I know Colony isn't in westchester, but they are further proof about the general decline. Back in the 90's the hot oil pizza at Colony was one of the best thin crust pizzas around. I was there about two years ago and it was garbage, Almost sent it back.

                                                                                And not that I want to beat a dead horse, but if I get a bill of $65.50. After tax and a 20% tip (the least I normally leave) is $84, so I'm missing your point.

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                                                                                  cubanat Apr 27, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                  maybe it's not the pizza and your tastes have changed!! Memories & nostaligia taste better then reality often. Also maybe in the past 2 years colony got the problem fixed and it's great once again-before dismissing it as garbage why not have the decency to make sure before calling it out?

                                                                                  for the record I do like tarry lodge for pizza only and maybe that chopped salami salad BUT I will only eat in the bar as I find the service in the resto not that great, bartenders are much better. BUT for my favorite pies in PC go to JT Straws! NO JOKE good pizza. leave the kids at home though as it's a real bar that happens to serve excellent pie.

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                                                                                    toppom Apr 27, 2012 07:50 PM

                                                                                    Totally agree...JT Straws is the place for pizza. Wings are great there too.

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                                                                                      jhopp217 Apr 27, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                                      Colony was great, but when I used to go occasionally, I noticed a slow decline. Then when I went after a few year absence, I noticed a steep decline. It's like any other place. There are times when it gets too popular and product declines. I have a friend who saw a place in Ct. On Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and went. She said it was so awful she had to say something. The waitress apologized and said "since the show aired, we went from about 60 diners a night to 250. We started cutting corners to make it through a shift and then the cook left. " So sometimes it's not nostalgia or memories, but a place goes down hill. Usually nostalgia and memories make us continue to like something that isn't good...rarely is it the other way around. I stand by my recent view on Colony...and saddened

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                                                                  jhopp217 Apr 27, 2012 09:13 PM

                                                                  Anyone read the review of Buratta in the NY Times? They gave it the same rating as Polpettina, but the review was much less complimentary in my opinion. Haven't tried Buratta yet

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                                                                    roxlet Apr 28, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                    A pretty nice review, I think. I was there again yesterday for lunch, and that $10 special is an amazing bargain. Of course, we just had to add in the delicious beets, and end with a couple of coffees, but the price was certainly right. Here's the link to the review:
                                                                    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/nyr...

                                                                  2. chowdom May 15, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                    I treated myself to lunch at Polpettina today and it was simply outstanding. I had a grandma slice with ricotta, speck, and spring onion and the chicken milinase sandwich/hero with roasted peppers, arugula pesto, and house made mozzarella.

                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                    1. chowdom Aug 21, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                      Another delicous- lite- lunch from Polpettina,a cup of blue bottle and a side of escaole and beans...sooooo good!

                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 20, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                        Polpettina just got approved for additional seating in the cafe next door.

                                                                        We stopped by last night for an early dinner. In my opinion, this is a great, no frills, affordable neighborhood spot. I love the cozy, casual atmosphere (though you do get blasts of cold air each time the door is opened). We shared the eggplant chips with truffle honey on top, which were lightly fried to a crisp, not too oily, a great starter, and a farmhouse salad with their creative touches (dill, homemade buttermilk dressing, extremely stinky cheese, pickled onions, and popcorn). Then we shared their grandma style pizza-- I love Sicilian style pizza and this is basically Sicilian with not-as-thick dough. Nothing fancy, and I know not everyone likes their pizza, but to me it hits the spot, especially hot out of the oven and Brooklyn style (with fresh basil and pecorino). They still are sourcing excellent gelato-- my salted caramel was perfection-- and their rice pudding brulee is genius-- warm rice pudding topped with a bruleed sugar top.

                                                                        Special mention needs to be made of their ridiculously good beer list, from which we enjoyed Blue Point's white IPA and Flying Dog's Kujo.

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                                                                          paris1976 Jan 22, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                          So Eastchester gave them seating next door..Wow.....Burratta has a little more competion now....I like them both. Depends what style of pizza Im in the mood for...Although the sandwiches in the pictures above look awesome...

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                                                                            Sugarrush Jan 23, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                            I have eaten at both places and I can say this:
                                                                            Burrata is superior to me. The food is delicious at both places, and the prices are better at Burrata. The service is much better at Burrata as well. I am glad they are FINALLY getting approval for seating next door at Polpettina---they need somewhere to seat the children who overrun the place.

                                                                        2. chowdom Jul 1, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                          as per Westchester Mag

                                                                          Not for the haters :)

                                                                          Polpettina to open in Larchmont

                                                                          Breaking news: Kyle Inserra and Mike Abruzese of Eastchester’s Polpettina have taken over the Larchmont restaurant formerly known as Espana Wine & Tapas Bar at 147 Larchmont Avenue. This fall, the pair plan to debut a second Polpettina in the new space, which, at 80 seats, is significantly larger than Polpettina’s original, 35-seat iteration. Expect the new Polpettina to have a very similar menu, look, and feeling as the original, but there will be some significant changes. Not only is the new space more than twice as large as the original Polpettina, but (finally!) Inserra and Abruzese will be able to offer a full bar with spirits and cocktails. Chef Mike Abruzese will be in charge of both kitchens, which are roughly six miles apart.

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