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Pranzi, White Plains - a surprised thumbs-up

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Mrs.Sean Mar 11, 2013 10:30 AM

I'm a pretty decent and very keen cook, and in particular I'm reluctant to go out for Italian food as I often think, "bah, I could have made that myself." But I bought the Groupon for Pranzi a while back, and having used it on Saturday night, I'm really glad I did.

The space itself was weirdly cramped and the acoustics were awful. But the service was great and we really enjoyed the food & good wines by the glass, so those first two things didn't matter as much as they could have.

The bread they brought to the table was fresh and delicious - way better than the stale yet oily hunks at Tarry Lodge. (One had a cherry tomato hidden in the middle; delicious.) The whipped ricotta and eggplant caponata (forgive me if that's the wrong word...) were delicious.

My carpaccio appetizer was probably the least-good part of the meal. It was a little bland; the olive oil drizzled on top didn't have much flavor, and it could have used a little scatter of salt. Husband's arancini were a hit with him; I'm not crazy about fried stuff so I let him be the judge.

I had the pappardelle with Sunday sauce - a rich, meaty sauce with soft strings of short rib and a huge umami smack. The pappardelle was delicious and perfectly al dente, although they'd all clumped together and I ended up with a kind of kugel in the end...

Husband's fusilli ala nonna came with softball-size meatballs and plump, fennelly sausage. We both managed to eat about a quarter of our portions, and we enjoyed them just as much the day after, reheated!

We were so stuffed we didn't do dessert much justice; we enjoyed the gelato we shared, but wish we'd left room to try something a bit more substantial.

I'm not totally raving about the place and insisting that everyone goes RIGHT NOW, but I've seen very little about it on these boards, and for a really useful, central location, I'd say it's worth a try. Someone on another thread did say it seemed quite expensive, and the Groupon was definitely a good deal. But with some smart ordering (the pasta dishes can totally be shared, comfortably), I think you could get a good deal. Color me very pleasantly surprised.

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    wincountrygirl RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    Love Pranzi. I've on,y been for lunch but the food was very good. And that Nutella pizza......

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      addictedtolunch RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 11, 2013 05:40 PM

      Agree with everything you say, but without the Groupon the experience wouldn't justify the price.

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        wincountrygirl RE: addictedtolunch Mar 12, 2013 04:16 AM

        It was pricey. Fortunately, I never had to pay myself - my boss always took me!!

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        MRS RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 11, 2013 06:41 PM

        Good to know. We've been meaning to try it, but the few times we were slated to go, we had to cancel either b/c of the weather, sick kids, etc...

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          mcookie RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 12, 2013 09:41 AM

          I really like Pranzi. They're consistently good and the staff is always so nice.

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