Italian-born Isi Albanese tops Neapolitan and Brooklyn-style extra thin pizzas with homemade and 100% Grande mozzarella cheese inside his Zagat-rated eatery. Families can twirl spaghetti noodles on their forks or fingers and spoon house-made gelato during live, tableside magic shows and trips to the arcade room.
Owner Vincent Gaudio whips up tasty Italian recipes in his eponymous family restaurant. He crafts authentic dishes, such as sea scallops served with gnocchi, and more than 22 different pasta dishes that incorporate escarole, sautéed eggplant, and PEI mussels.
The cooks at Mediterraneo craft pizza, seafood, pasta, and beef dishes inspired by the myriad regions of Italy. Limber up your taste buds with antipasti such as fried calamari or carpaccio, a serving of thinly sliced filet mignon crowned with arugula and parmesan. A relay team of mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, and gorgonzola race across a savory track in the quattro formaggi pizza. The costata di maiale pairs a pan-seared pork chop with vinegar peppers and a balsamic reduction, and in the cioppino's plum-tomato sauce drenches a mélange of sole, shrimp, clams, linguine, and scallops. Burning wall sconces alight Mediterraneo's distressed walls, and potted plants spill over columns and arches to high-five vegetables that made it into signature dishes.
The menu at Jerry’s Brick Oven Pizza reads more like a roster of Italy’s most revered dishes. Of course, the flames from a brick oven graze the bottom of pizzas topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers, onions, tomatoes, or fresh garlic. But the selection also includes minestrone soup, chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, calzones, and homemade manicotti. The staff even pipes cream into fresh cannolis, providing a sweet finish to any entrée.
At Sals Pizza and Pasta, chefs pepper 22 specialty pies with fresh panoplies of gourmet toppings, from shrimp and calamari to sliced eggplant and olive oil. Task tongues or badge-hungry boy scouts with unspooling an appetizer of doughy garlic knots, or savor the seasoned breadcrumbs swathing in a sextet of baked Little Neck clams. Fried zucchini sticks plummet into pots of marinara sauce, splashing zesty redcaps upon the lasagna pizza’s starchy shores, where ground beef and sausage catch rays on gooey blankets of mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Ordained slices of bacon officiate the marriage of pineapple and ham atop the hawaiian pizza, and the Old Country’s time-tested pairing of marinated olives, broccoli, and mushrooms lovingly evokes the rustic ambiance of Italy's kitchens. Frosty 2-liters accompany each feast, which may be consumed in Sals' cozy dining room or in the comfort of one’s home or office pillow fort.
Named one of Westchester’s best restaurants by CBS New York, Casa Rina of Thornwood complements its authentic Italian cuisine with traditional steak house fare in a spacious and inviting atmosphere. The dinner menu delights guests with comforting pasta dishes, such as the penne alla vodka and cappellini alla salmone. Entrees also include seared slabs of veal and steak, splashed with fine wine and delivered with sides of risotto, potato croquette, or linguini with seasonal vegetables. Mixologists assist with dinnertime conversation by sliding specialty martinis across the sleek marble bar and announcing fake celebrity news through a megaphone.
For more than 25 years, the Orfino family has welcomed diners to share their zeal for authentic Italian recipes at Orfino's Restaurant. Renovations and décor updates over the years have kept the eatery in shape to churn out lobster ravioli and chicken marsala. Inside, white tablecloths and exposed brick walls compose a refined, rustic backdrop for a seasonal menu created by chef Michael Orfino, Jr. In addition to fresh herbs and vegetables, chef Orfino draws inspiration from family recipes, such as house-made Italian cheesecake.