Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Casa Rina of Thornwood.
Casa Rina's cuisine curators present diners with a mix of traditional Italian dishes and classic steakhouse fare amid their inviting space. Peruse the dinner menu while nibbling on warm bread accompanied by olives, peppers, and bruschetta, or share a plate of crispy calamari ($8.95). Timeless pasta dishes such as penne alla vodka ($12.95) attract famished forks, and protein can be applied directly to the appetite in the form of tender filet mignon ($27.95), a juicy rack of lamb ($28.95), and delicate chicken marsala ($17.95). Sundry wraps and sandwiches also populate the lunch menu, such as the portobello sandwich filled with roasted peppers, tomato, and fresh mozzarella ($8.95). Pavlovian eaters can supplement watering mouths with sips from the specialty martini menu, and desserts such as cannoli and tiramisu add sweet punctuation to savory sentences.
Casa Rina of Thornwood
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.
886 Commerce St.
Thornwood, New York 10594