Mamaroneck: Skip Spillane’s and head to Mulino’s
I was in Mamaroneck Wednesday night and my friend and I chose to have dinner at Molly Spillane’s. What a mistake. It was crowded, but I can’t understand why. Maybe it was for the drinks? I had eaten here awhile ago and it was good, but it seems that now everything is inexpensive frozen food. We shared nachos that were covered in some half-melted cheddar on top of some stale chips. Eh. My friend had the fish and chips and the fish was obviously from a source like Restaurant Depot - taken out of the box and into the deep fryer - not fresh. I had a burger which was also just ok, not fresh. So not worth the money.
So, we had parked in front of Piccolo Mulino and I noticed that it was empty by 8:45. I don’t think it should have been. We would have had a much better meal there. So let me sing the praises of Piccolo Mulino and encourage you all to go. I've been many times, most recently about a month ago, and had a fantastic meal. The veal chop special was out-of-this-world - stuffed with fontina and prosciutto. In fact, I’ve never had a bad meal there (the decor isn’t anything special), and they do a nightly 3-course special for $22.95. They even have a patio out back. Service is great, as well.
My advice: skip Spillane’s and head to Mulino’s!
I'm a little confused and will play Devil's advocate. As someone who has been to both and say both are mediocre for what they offer, I'm questioning the comparison. Can you get a veal chop -stuffed with Fontina & proscuitto at Molly Spillane's? Can you get a burger and Irish nachos at Mulino's? The comparison is a silly one. When I go with friends for some burritos and beers on a Wednesday night, we have never hit our heads after the meal and said "we should have gone to Morton's!" I'm sorry, but your comparing apples to oranges. The Spillane's group is what it is. Average food for those who want to hang out and watch a game and drink some beers in a fun atmosphere without any reservations or dress requirements.
I'm just trying to get across that the food at Molly Spillane's is lousy and not worth the money/visit. However, if you're in Mamaroneck, and Italian suits your palate, Piccolo Mulino has both great food and service.
Maybe this calls for a comparison of Italian restaurants in the area. For example, Piccolo Mulino vs. Rosa's Scarbitta. I love both, but Mulino's is a much better value. And, go ...
I would have to say that the food is better at scarbitta by a large margin depending on dishes one orders. il castello is good as well. I would take any of them over frankie and fannucci's reagrdless of cost/atmoshpere. sal's for the salad and sicilian can't be touched but now I'm treading on pizza thread territory.