A bowl of pasta, like a doting mother, is warm, comforting, and can often be found covered in sauce in Italian kitchens. Munch maternal tendrils with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare and drinks, and a homemade dessert (a $7 value) at Pas-Tina's Ristorante in Hartsdale.
Pas-Tina's, a repeat honoree on the Best of Westchester list, beguiles taste buds with old-world recipes conjured from fresh ingredients. Guests can eyeball the extensive menu over the lip of a house-made sangria aperitif ($8) or dip into a hot antipasto plate spotlighting clams, mussels, and shrimp backed by eggplant pinwheels and stuffed mushrooms ($11). Succulent slabs of filet mignon arrive surrounded by savory barola-wine moats guarded by uniformed mushroom sentries ($26), and the tilapia puttanesca sports chopped tomatoes, capers, olives, and a confetti of fresh basil ($23). The menu's two dozen generously portioned pasta dishes include tender gnocchi ($16) and king-size pillows of jumbo ravioli ($15) cuddled up with mozzarella security blankets. At dinner’s end, sweet teeth can sink into a choice of layered napoleon pastry, tiramisu, or tangy cheesecake (a $7 value).
Ivory-hued columns grant Pas-Tina’s a Roman aspect, and scalloped wooden chairs and exposed brick walls delight derrieres and masonry enthusiasts, respectively. Linger for postprandial bonding with a steaming cup of espresso or tuck into the expansive wine list for a nightcap laced with viticultured lullabies.