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Restaurant Review: The Cookery, an Italian Gastro Pub in Dobbs Ferry PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Feb. 12, 2020: Kudos to Chef/Owner David Dibari on having two of his three restaurants - - The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry and Eugene's Diner and Bar in Portchester - - awarded the "Michelin Bib Gourmands."

According to Michelin, the award is given to "restaurants offering exceptional food at moderate prices or $40 for two courses or small plates plus a glass of wine or dessert (tax and tip not included).

The Cookery is an Italian Gastro Pub with its focus on pasta and appetizers. Its motto is "Eat Serious Have Fun."

The outstanding Chef, Sajin Renae, is very talented, using creative combinations to satisfy the palate!

For Starters, we had a Crostino of fresh ricotta, truffle honey, thyme, and olive oil and Lamb Liverwurst served with cranberry & smoked cabbage marmalata with charred bread.

Pasta choices were: Spaghetti with pork and clam sausage, garlic, chili and lemon, and White Lasagna with besciamella, ricotta, fontina, and mozzarella (you can add truffle oil for an additional charge).

Both were over the top in flavor. They also offer a vegetarian choice of Ravioli Cauliflower with lemon brown butter, garlic, chili, and Parmigiano.

From Mains, I suggest having Branzino en Croute with caviar butter, pickled fennel & watercress. I have never seen Branzino served this way as it is usually just served simply with lemon. The Pork Osso Bucco looked awesome served with creamy white polenta, apple mostarda, and vincotto.

You must indulge in Dessert here! One of the best and decadent desserts that I have ever had is the chef's Chocolate Chip Cookie Tray for two (it could serve four people). Picture this, a warm chocolate chip cookie on the bottom with two scoops of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce. We also enjoyed a potato donut covered with chocolate sauce and sprinkles and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Stella D'Oro cookie crumble.

The Cookery is hip and casual in feeling. It has a large bar with two TV's and high-top tables and a separate eating area. It is small and intimate, and it can get noisy.

We had a reservation but had to wait for a half-hour at the bar as there were no tables available. When a table became available, we were seated in the back next to a very noisy party, before finally being moved to a choice table up front.

Periodically, The Cookery has Whole Suckling Pig dinners, which are very popular and cost $85/person. There are specials every day, and your bill also includes a 3% surcharge on the food portion for "the kitchen crew," which is a fairly new concept, and very understandable.

Happy Hour is every Tues. – Fri. from 5 to 7 pm, and you can order beer, wine or cocktails, a few starters, and a few spaghetti dishes at a reduced price. David DiBari also owns The Parlor at 14 Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry.

The Cookery is located at 39 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 914-305-2336.

Gramatan Village to Host Valentine Cookie Decorating Party with Winner of Great American Baking Show PDF Print Email


By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Feb. 5, 2020:  On Friday, February 14th from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Gramatan Village will hold a fun “My Funny Valentine” cookie decorating party with Eastchester based baker Tina Zaccardi.

Tina is the winner of The Great American Baking Show, Holiday Edition on ABC TV.

Participants will decorate delicious heart-shaped cookies and treats with Tina while recounting funny Valentine’s Day stories. To RSVP, please call Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338 and celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends.

Pictured:  Tina Zaccardi

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Underhills Crossing to Celebrate 25th Anniversary January 21 to 24, 2020 PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Jan. 15, 2020:  Steven Palm, the masterful, engaging, and successful owner of Underhills Crossing Restaurant, will be celebrating twenty-five years in business on Jan. 21st.

He started on this culinary path when he was fifteen, stocking the bar at Leewood Golf Club. At twenty, he was a busboy at Alex and Henry’s, where he worked his way up to captain. Then he worked at Rockwell's in Tuckahoe for four years, where he learned management and technology, before opening Underhills Crossing in 1995 at age twenty-seven. 

In the 1800s, Bronxville was named Underhill’s Crossing, after the Underhills, who were amongst the first families to settle here. The first post office was located where the restaurant stands now.

Steven incorporated simple food that he liked to eat from one of his favorite restaurants in New York, Blue Ribbon. He listened to his clientele about what they liked in the way of food and wine.

Today the restaurant is more French and American with a hint of Mediterranean influence. The restaurant serves fresh food every day and offers a lot of seafood. He explains that as far as food trends go, a healthier and cleaner approach is followed, with 85% of the food being organic and wild.


The menu changes seasonally, and every Thursday, two new appetizers, main courses, and desserts are added, for both lunch and dinner. 

He believes that music is an important part of the overall dining experience, so for the 20th Anniversary, he launched live piano music. He brings in local artists, like Rick McDonald, who plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Katya, who highlights special programs on Sundays.

Steven has always been a supporter of local community organizations and their causes, and he never says no to anyone asking for a donation. In May of 2018, he was honored with the J. Rockhill Gray Award from Gramatan Village, for his “generosity and willingness to dedicate his time, expertise and resources to so many, providing extraordinary service to our community.”

The restaurant continues to win the Open Table Diners Choice award in Westchester. Twenty years ago, he helped to start “Better Than Cooking, “an evening to benefit Jansen Hospice & Palliative Care. Outsiders have told him that Underhills Crossing has always set the platform for new businesses to open in the village.

His loyal employees include Richard Binet, Manager of the Wine and Spirits program for the past twenty years; his Chef, Pedro Salazar, who has been there for twenty years; and Eden Villalva, General Manager for ten years.

There will be celebrations at the restaurant from Jan. 21st to the 24th, and at dinner, a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne and some caviar will be gifted to friends and family to thank them for their support for the past twenty-five years.

Steven Palm has previously owned Harry’s of Hartsdale and Jason’s in Eastchester. He and his wife Jenny reside in Bronxville with their five-and-a half-year-old twin daughters, Ava and Audrey. He is a hands-on person, and you can find him at the restaurant six days a week.

Underhills Crossing is located at 74.5 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

Pictured at top:  Steven Palm

Photos by A. Warner

L'Inizio in Ardsley is a Gem of an Italian Restaurant PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Jan. 8, 2020:  L'Inizio, in Ardsley, Is a Gem of an Italian Restaurant

The restaurant is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. Scott (Chef) and Heather (Dessert Maven) Fratangelo turn out innovative dishes with a "philosophy rooted in sustainable, artisanal farm to table ingredients." 

The restaurant is cozy and inviting with subtle gray walls, nice lighting, and interesting oil paintings of fruits and vegetables. It is also an easy drive from Bronxville.

Start your dining experience with Barrel Aged Cocktails ($15) of Bourbon, Tequila, and Gin, which has been aged in American charred oak barrels for two weeks. 

There are five other cocktails to choose from, and also red or white wine by the glass priced from $9 to $13.

We began our dinner from the Per Tavolo section of the menu, which means "to share" in Italian. We thoroughly enjoyed the special Crostini of ricotta, crispy pancetta, mushrooms, and roasted peppers. 

The next category on the menu was Primi, which included creative salads such as Warm Winter Squash Salad of brie cheese, cranberry, pepitas, and balsamic.

We tried three of Chef Scott's Pasta offerings: Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a brown butter maple sauce with mascarpone and crispy Brussels sprouts; Capenelle pasta with escarole, white beans, and chorizo, and Beef Bolognese with ground beef, pappardelle, and peas in a tasty tomato sauce. 

My husband claimed that the second special was "the best Bolognese that I have ever had" because it was deconstructed and full of texture. 

You can order full or half portions of pasta, which is quite appealing.

The Secondi section of the menu includes a Market Fish, Chicken Scarpariello, Butternut Squash Cutlet Parmigiana, Market Steak, a Pastrami Spiced Pork Tenderloin and a Gouda Burger.

You must finish your outstanding dinner with something from the Dolci section of menu which includes delicious desserts created by Heather Fratangelo. 

I highly recommend a trendy new dessert, Caramel Affogato Biscotti, and the Bomboloni "Italian Donuts" with cinnamon sugar and coffee panna cotta.

A prix fix three-course menu is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for $33. David Kurdys, the maitre de, and the excellent servers will take good care of you.

L'Inizio means "The Start," and this six-year-old restaurant is just getting better and better.

L'Inizio is located at 698 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley between Askford Avenue and Center Road.  The phone number is 914-

Pictured:  Exterior of L'Inizio

Photo courtesy L'Inizio


Thanksgiving Events In Bronxville: Share Your Events, Traditions & Recipes PDF Print Email


By Staff

Nov. 13, 2019:  Below are some favorite Thanksgiving events that have been shared with MyhometownBronxville so far.  We will be updating this weekly until Thanksgiving.

Favorite Thanksgiving Events

Community Dinner: The Reformed Church Bronxville will host a Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Thursday, November 28th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in Congregational Hall (enter on Midland and Kraft Avenues).  Guests will be treated to music, a casual cheese-and-crackers reception, and a complete Thanksgiving Dinner. This is a fun event and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy good food and each other’s company. Suggested donation of $15.00. To make a reservation, please RSVP by November 21 to CLOAKING  or call (914) 337-6776, ext. 153.

Katie Welling Memorial Run: The Katie Welling Memorial Run is a 2.5 mile race named in honor or 2002 BHS graduate Katie Welling. The funds raised benefit the Bronxville School Foundation.  The run is on Saturday, November 30th at 9am at the Bronxville School, 17 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.  Click here to sign up online.  You can also register in person on Friday, November 29th at The Running Company Store (52 Pondfield Road in Bronxville) from 10am-4pm or on the day of the race from 7:30-8:30 at the Bronxville School..

Share Your Events Traditions and Recipes

MyhometownBronxville would like you to share your favorite events, foods, recipes or links to recipes and traditions with us and we will share them with the community in articles over the next couple of weeks. 

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