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Must-Go-To in Ardsley: Italian Kitchen

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Must-Go-To in Ardsley: Italian Kitchen

eyes2big4tummy | Jul 30, 2012 07:28 PM

I hesitate to post my first impression of Italian Kitchen, because I don't want to create a firestorm, thus , preventing me from ever getting a reservation! This 50-seater little nook is located in the space formerly occupied by Giuseppe's (which I never liked). I have always been faithful to The Cookery, which is my all time favorite Italian. I think that I may be falling in love, though...
Chef Shea Gallante is a genius. His dishes are simple, fresh, and with a unique twist. I had the gazpacho, which was out of this world. Basil oil, fresh vegetables, and watermelon (the twist) sit at the bottom of a simple white bowl, while, at the table, the most gorgeous colored yellow tomato nectar is poured over it.
I, typically, do not order (boring) chicken when I go out to eat, but felt compelled to try the "Mattone". I think that the translation of this is: "friggin' delicious". Perfectly cooked moist chicken, with a light farro, escarole, mushroom "sauce" (more like a warm whole grain salad, which I could have eaten as is).
Even the simple salad tasted better than any that I have ever had. How is it possible to make lettuce taste phenomenal?
Oh, Chef DiBari, Chef Gallante is going to give you some sleepless nights.....

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