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Westchester Red-Sauce Roundup: What's good, what's bad?

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Westchester Red-Sauce Roundup: What's good, what's bad?

kdgchow | Sep 24, 2012 06:34 AM

One restaurant type Westchester isn't short on is red-sauce, Italian-American places - even the smallest community seemingly has at least one, and I get Groupon and LivingSocial offers from Italian-American places all over the county on a weekly basis.

So I'm creating this thread with the hopes that Westchester folks can put together a comprehensive list of what red-sauce joints in the county are worth a visit - or not - and why.

I'm based in White Plains, here are a couple of places I've been to recently.

Francesco's, 600 Mamaroneck Avenue: Pretty good, with huge portions at low prices. I've enjoyed their baked pasta dishes, as well as their pork chop with vinegar peppers.They don't overcook and dry out their meat dishes, which I find is a problem at many red-sauce places. They make a surprisingly good pizza as well. One downside is the dining room is small, so getting a table on Friday or Saturday night can be difficult.

Esposito's, 359 Mamaroneck Avenue: I thought it was OK the first couple of times I went, but subsequent visits revealed that most of their food - most notably, their red sauce - to be pretty bland. One example - a meatball parm hero in which the meatball was totally flavorless and the sauce was pasty and dried out. Their pizza is pretty ordinary as well. Their predecessor in this spot, Ianelli's, was much better. Haven't been to Esposito's original location in Valhalla, but not rushing to get there.

All picks/pans are welcome!

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