Valentino's on Bronx River Road is truly the the finest Italian restaurant I've been to anywhere in the county. Still, it would be nice to find a comparable spot somewhere around here. People speak of Gregory's, Dom & Vinnie's (now in White Plains I believe after years in Yonkers), as well as Sam's in Dobbs Ferry. I haven't been to any of them. Are they emulative of the big V?
As for the nearby ones I've been to, they're good, but not Valentino's good: Spiga, Rustico, Mulino's (though much "fancier"), Enzo's, Chef Antonio, Eclisse/Laguna, Mario Vera (Arthur Avenue has lost the sparkle that Valentino's has so well preserved), and Piero's.
My favorite foods at Valentino's are veal milanese, the house fettucine (an extraordinary version of carbonara), french fries, cold antipasto, and shrimp cocktail. No other restaurant has prepared these dishes so masterfully. Especially the shrimp cocktail--the sauce is from fresh tomatoes and fresh horseradish and tastes unbelievable.