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Strega

Josh Mittleman | Feb 19, 2003 12:58 PM

Years ago, I ate at Caffe Strega a few times, in Pleasantville at Broadway and Bedford Rd. The food was decent -- somewhat innovative Italian -- but the smoky bar and the incessant TV drove us away. So I was interested to see a review in last Sunday's NY Times Westchester, under the name "Strega".

It turns out they changed owners about 4 years ago. The new place has little in common with the previous incarnation, other than 1/2 the name. The cuisine now is New American and quite good. We tried it last night and enjoyed nearly everything.

We started with butternut squash risotto, with porcini mushrooms and frizzled spinach; and wild boar sausage with mixed beans over arugula. Both excellent. For the main course, we had a filet mignon with mixed vegetables and a potato/leek dish; and a braised beef short rib with a vegetable-laden wine reduction. Also excellent. Because of a service error, we ended up with three desserts: raspberry creme brulee (good, but too eggy for my taste), a chocolate cake (also good, and somewhat restrained, which makes a nice change), and pecan pie (the BEST I've ever tasted, with lots of toasted pecans). We hit one mediocre wine, a pinot noir offered by the glass.

Appetizers and desserts range around $7, main dishes around $25. Three courses for two people, with drinks and coffee, came to $125 before tip. Not cheap, but pretty good. I think Iron Horse is a little more artistic for the price.

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