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Italy comes to New Rochelle...

dolores | Apr 6, 200802:50 AM

or, Trump should move into his building and become a regular at Spardaro.

It reminded me of dinner at Ennio and Michael, without the schlep. It was pronounced to be authentic Italian by the lovely couple from the Northfield area (who knew New Rochelle had a Northfield area?) at the next table.

Let's get the basics out of the way -- the bread and the parking are free. The hosts Rena and Antonio remembered me from when I stopped in last week to inquire about their liquor license (not yet) and to make a reservation. Come to think of it, where will they put a bar?? The warmly decorated room is quite small, but even that was of no consequence.

I have no complaints. None. Not a one.

From the warm welcome to the European goodbye, everything about the owners and their restaurant is nirvana. Run, don't walk.

Oh, the food! I had picked up an Argentinian wine and, because I didn't have on my glasses, didn't realize it had a screw top. I shouldn't have been worried, Steve at the wine store in New Rochelle was right, the wine was excellent. We were given a table that required an additional cart for the specialty of the house appetizer platter. As noted in another thread, all of it was outstanding -- including olives, prosciutto, peppers, mussels, broccoli di rabe, and the eggplant. Oh the eggplant. Spicy and delicious. The artichokes seemed to be a really big hit at other tables. Next visit.

The bruschetta immediately put on the table was lovely -- grilled bread with garlic and sublime olive oil. I would like some right now.

The secondi piatti (diet, what diet) -- I had the carbonara Spadaro, invented 50 years ago by a relative of Rena. Mushrooms, egg, al dente pasta -- again, perfect. Hubby had pasta with wild boar ragu, and it too was very good.

For entrees I had a grilled veal chop -- delicious -- and hubby had bronzini. We're a Jack Sprat couple, and I was lucky enough to get all the deliciously grilled fish skin.

Desserts were from Bindi, and that was fine with me. Their torta della nonna and espresso capped off a perfect meal.

Dinner for two was approximately $60. a person. Not a bad price for nirvana.

Mille grazie a Rena and Antonio for a two hour visit to Italy. I would like to visit there one day. In the meantime, I can just return to Spadaro and have the best part of the country in the Queen City of the Sound.

Buona Fortuna a Rena e Antonio.

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