Giulio's Restaurant's executive chef, Manuel Marure, pledges to use only fresh, seasonal ingredients in his dishes, taking advantage of each vegetable and herb during its peak time of ripeness. He channels his passion into modern Italian cuisine, incorporating international culinary influences to fill plates with risotto, skirt steak, and seafood stew—as well as gluten-free dishes.
The aromas of Manuel's cooking spread throughout the restaurant, a Queen Anne Victorian house dating back to 1880. In the restaurant's main dining space and four private dining rooms, oil paintings from local artists complement carved wood panels and beveled glass windows with views of the tree where birds gather to plot their world domination.
The epicurean alchemists at Anthony D’s cook up an Old World Italian menu brimming with homemade pastas, veal, and seafood. Next to a crackling fireplace, patrons lean forward in the dining room’s beige leather as they fork into little neck clams stolen from Poseidon’s own larder and poached in a light tomato sauce. A pan-seared crab cake nested in organic greens warms up the crowd before lobster ravioli and mustard-encrusted lamb chop take the gustatory stage. Veal chop tickles tongues with sautéed mixed mushrooms, cherry peppers, and a Barolo-wine reduction, and leeks and fresh thyme promenade around a rib-eye steak. Dining quartets can browse the ample wine list before comparing the fruity, tannic tastes of a Toscana red to the sweet notes and unmistakable German vernacular of a bottle of Saint M riesling.
Di Stefano’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame a particularly cozy picture of diners savoring bites of warm bruschetta, twirling linguine, and sopping up lemon white-wine sauce with veal scaloppini. Guests tear into penne-vodka or chicken-marsala pizzas at the round wooden tables in the dining room, or head outside to the umbrella-covered patio to taunt chipmunks with their people food. The family-friendly restaurant offers catering, takeout, and free delivery, and it now serves liquor.
While working as executive chef for top restaurants around the globe, Rossano Giannini would often pine for the bustling piazzas and sunny cafés of his hometown, Lucca, Italy. He left his prestigious position at Torre Di Pisa in Manhattan to open up his own restaurant in Nyack, where streets of picturesque shops and a friendly communal atmosphere reminded Rossano fondly of Lucca. He set up shop in an intimate, sunlit storefront, firing up his stovetop and rolling up his sleeves to prepare the dishes that would one day be lauded by the James Beard Foundation.
Today, Lanterna Tuscan Bistro hums with energy as Rossano's wife, Maureen, leads guests to white-clothed tables and Rossano himself directs the bustling kitchen. He folds lobster and porcini mushrooms into handmade ravioli, mixes fresh herbs into aromatic sauces, and repeatedly highlights the power of meat dishes such as a whole rack of lamb encrusted with mustard and herbed bread crumbs. Rossano even offers Tuscan cooking classes, where he demonstrates how to prepare traditional recipes while providing students with useful culinary tips, such as the best method for chopping garlic and ways to shake off the sense of attachment you get when an eggplant kind of looks like it's smiling at you.
Culinary Institute of America–trained chef Salvatore Cucullo Jr. and his staff of gourmet gurus marry classic Italian flavors and modern techniques in a menu brimming with fresh seafood and pastas. Wine and specialty cocktails set an elegant tone for dinnertime, which begins with appetizers such as baked mac 'n' cheese with lobster, shrimp, and truffle oil ($12) or a platter of shucked oysters with little-neck clams (market price). Main courses include pistachio-crusted halibut with sauteed spinach tangerine buerre blanc ($28), and Nana's gnocchi with pomodoro sauce. The scrumptious lunch menu includes a veal parmigiana sandwich ($11), crispy or grilled calamari with mixed greens and tomato tapenade ($12), and passion-fruit-glazed shrimp with coconut-strawberry salad ($14).
The menu at Frankie & Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria is dominated by the offerings from the authentic 800-degree wood-burning oven, which chars the tasty toppings melting against thin crust dough and crispy panini rolls. The simple margherita pizza consists of fresh mozzarella from Brooklyn, imported italian plum tomatoes, and fresh basil (16", $16.95). Personal pizzas measuring 10 inches entice eaters with a smaller-sized saucer, a whole-wheat crust option, and more table room to build napkin skyscrapers reinforced with forks ($9.95-$12.95). The wood oven also blisters hot-pressed chicken provolone panini and its mix of provolone cheese, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sweet roasted-garlic dressing ($8.95). Opposing cool textures of the pear and gorgonzola salad allot a small forest of mixed greens topped with roasted walnuts and pear dressing to prepizza palettes ($8.50). Pasta, available at the Mamaroneck location, teams with the scratch-made Grandma's Sunday Sauce to create flavor-saturated entrees such as cheese ravioli ($13.95). The Hartsdale Village location, mentioned in a New York Times article, imparts passionate discussions of sweets through the nutella pizzetta, where the delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread smoothes over pizza crust before being struck with a vanilla ice-cream meteor ($7.50).