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Middle-of-the-road Italian in Westchester


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Middle-of-the-road Italian in Westchester

dolores | Mar 15, 2006 06:55 AM

Thoughts, my opinions only, on some moderately priced Italian restaurants in the Westchester area with decent food:

--I've posted here about my intense dislike of the service at Gina Marie's in Eastchester. Cancel this one out.

--I don't like the 'paisan' feeling at Francesco's (echoed here by others). I'm not one of the paisans, so there you go. Cancel this one out as well.

--Graziella's is okay, but I dislike paying to park. WP gets enough of my money.

--Pasta e pesce is quite good, and the parking is free. It could not be MORE fun on Tuesday nights.

--Via Appia is under new ownership and is not good. The long brown hair in the take-home package was a deal breaker. Cancel that one out.

--Silvio's in Thornwood is also quite good, portions are ample, the parking is free, and the service is very nice. Just went there last night.

--T&J's in Portchester is okay, not very good.

--LaManda's in White Plains puts out their food on an express schedule, and I'm not interested in eating my appetizer at the same time as my dessert. Cancel this one out.

--Piero's in Portchester, ditto.

--Alba's is all flash, no substance.

--Bastone's in New Rochelle is abysmal.

--Mama Francesca in New Rochelle is akin to Pasta e pesce, minus the music.

Now, I'm Italian, I'm constantly cooking Italian, so masochist that I am, I gravitate towards Italian restaurants. Probably because the husband is adverse to the other fascinating ethnic restaurants close by.

Therefore, I'm very critical of the Italian places, and don't like uber expensive ones which don't deliver. Pinocchio, Guida's, Gavi, Rosie's Bistro and Mulino's deliver. Lusardi, and whatever it is across from Le Provencal don't.

Long story short, can the expert gourmets here recommend other middle-of-the-road Italian restaurants in Westchester?

We've lived in White Plains for 16 years, and we have YET to find a place that we can call 'our' place. As per the aforementioned, it looks like it will have to be an Italian place.


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