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Bronxville Life & Style Special Easter Edition PDF Print Email
 
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By Karen Talbot

Apr. 10, 2019:  Easter is around the corner.  Below is information about great local places to dine, purchase Easter dinner and get photos with the Easter Bunny!  Enjoy!

 
 
Enjoy An Elegant Easter Dinner at
Sapori of Scarsdale
 
 
Enjoy a delicious Easter meal on April 21st at Artie Lange's new restaurant Sapori of Scarsdale.
 
The restaurant will be open from 2:00pm to 9:00pm offering traditional Easter specials such as Lamb Osso Buco and Roasted Lamb with Spring vegetables. 
  
 
Their regular menu will also be available and they always have a special of the day in the fish, chicken and meat category.
 
Reservations are highly recommended.  Call 914-874-5316
 
2 Chase Road
Scarsdale, NY
914-874-5316
 
 
 
 
Enjoy a Delicious Easter Meal 
at Scalini Osteria
  
 
Scalini Osteria is a lovely spot for a traditional Italian Easter dinner. They will be serving Brunch on Easter from 11:30am to 2:00pm, featuring Chef's Frittata, Smoked SalmonBenedict and Stuffed Crepes, along with a number of other tasty choices.
 
For Main Courses, you can choose from a Roman-style Lamb Abbacchio, which is shoulder of lamb with fresh rosemary, garlic and Chianti wine, which yields tender morsels of lamb full of flavor.  A special Pasta that day will be home-made Pasta alla chitarra, con sugo di carne. 
 
Scalini's regular menu is also available to order from on Easter.  The Dinner menu choices will be served from 2:00 to 9:00pm.
 
Desserts will include Pastiera, which is a traditional Italian Easter Neapolitan Cake and Limoncello Tiramisu.

 
 
Scalini also has a Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and on Easter they will have some special drinks such as: Raspicello (Belvedere, raspberry, limoncello, prosecco and basil) and Mezcal Negroni (Mezcal, sweet vermouth, campari and mole bitters).
 
For Reservations, please call 914-337-4935.
 
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville
914-337-4935
 
 
 

Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday 
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner at Underhills Crossing
 
Spring has sprung! Bronxville's lush florals are in bloom and Underhills Crossing Restaurant is ready to hop into the flavors and warmth of this lush season.  Our front doors are open, al fresco dining has begun, welcoming you to the aromas of our Executive Chef's lighter fare. What a great time of year to enjoy reconnecting with family and friends during sunny days and balmy nights!
  
Reservations are now being accepted for Palm Sunday brunch and Easter Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner.  

You can make a reservation through our website, www.underhillscrossing.com or by phone 914.337.1200  

We will offer our regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus, along with"Chef Additions" showcasing seasonal delicacies and flavors. A three-course, prix-fixe Easter Sunday menu will, also, be offered throughout the day.
 
Underhills Crossing Restaurant looks forward to celebrating these holidays and special occasions with you! We are happy to cater your special event in our house or yours.
 
74.5 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY
914-337-1200
 
For Easter Dinner, Hors D'Oeuvres, 
Salad, Sides and more
    
 
Enjoy Easter with family and friends without being tied to your kitchen.  Let Ladle of Love do the cooking for you.  
 
Hors D'Oeuvres, Crudities and Cheese
*Crudities Basket
*Signature Artisan Cheese Board
*Hummus Trio Basket
*Truffled Deviled Eggs 
*Gourmet Soups:  No Cream of Asparagus, Potato Leek and Truffle Parsnip.
 
Main Courses
*Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks with snap peas, carrots and turnips
*Honey -Dijon Glazed Ham and Slow-Roasted Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
 
Greens, Salad and Sides
*Spring Greens and Kale, Arugula and Endive Salad 
*Potatoes au Gratin, Roasted Asparagus, Toasted Farro & Green Beans, Honey-Orange Glazed Root Vegetables and Spring Pea & Pancetta Risotto.  
 
Many of these Easter specialties are gluten-free and vegan.
 
Ladle of Love will make your Easter dinner a meal to remember with presentation, creativity and delicious flavors.
 
Please call 914-346-8883 or email CLOAKING for inquiries or to place your order by Friday April 12 th 

Complimentary local delivery is available.

18 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville
914-346-8883
 

Easter Bunny Photos
 
  
 
The Easter Bunny is here for photos and visits!
Round up the family, put on your best, flash a smile and we'll take care of the rest.
NOW THROUGH APRIL 20, 2019  
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Bar Bites at Morton's: You Can't Beat This Deal PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


Apr. 3, 2019:  “Bar bites,” served during “power hour” in the bar area of Morton’s: The Steakhouse in the City Center in White Plains, are a less expensive alternative to dining on steak entrees. Power Hour is Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm to close and Sunday from 5:00 pm to close. 

The bar dining area, which is all black with some dark gray accents, has seating at the bar or at high-boy tables and chairs. There are three televisions, dim lighting, and a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out onto Mamaroneck Avenue. Parking is available in a large municipal parking garage behind City Center. You can also pay $10 for valet parking, which is quite desirable.

The “bar bites” are offered in $8, $9 or $10 categories; the same items are also available in a larger size at a higher price in the main dining room. Every table is brought a large warm loaf of onion bread, served with soft unsalted butter.

We started with the iceberg wedge bites at $8 with blue cheese, bacon, and tomato served three on a plate, which is great for sharing. On the regular menu, a larger portion would have cost $11.50. Next came mini crab cake BLTs served in threes from the $10.00 category (larger crab cakes are $18 on the regular menu). We followed up with the very popular filet mignon trio, served rare with three tasty toppings, blue cheese, bourbon peppercorn, and béarnaise ($17 for a larger portion on the regular menu). A must-have to go with these delicious bites is an order of the matchstick fries for $8.00, offered in a cone-shaped metal container loaded with warm fries and enough for three people. Parmesan truffle matchstick fries are also available.

During the “bar bites” hours, wine by the glass is considerably less. We had an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from California, all priced at just $8.50 a glass. During regular dining hours, these wines by the glass would have cost $13.00 each. By the way, the wine was served in very generous portions. Certain cocktails and beers are also offered at reduced prices. Sean Radlein, the general manager and sommelier, was very personable and attentive, and the service was quite good.

There also is a category called “extra bites,” which features Morton’s prime burger for $25.00 and a 9 oz. prime ribeye steak sandwich for $32.00. You can also get oysters on the half shell at $3.00 each and jumbo shrimp cocktail at $6.00 each.

So, if you are looking for good food featuring steak at a good price, you can’t beat this deal!

Pictured:  "Bar bites" cheeseburgers.

Photo courtesy Morton's

 
Artie Lange III, Contractor and Restaurateur, Opens Restaurant Serving Delicious Mediterranean Fare PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot     


Feb. 27, 2019:  Artie Lange III is the fourth generation of Arthur Lange, Inc., a well-known and well-liked contracting company in our local area that was started by his great-grandfather 109 years ago. 

Artie Lange III started in the business with his father, Arthur Lange Jr., in 1988, and in 2004 his father retired and he took over the company. 

This is and has been a total family affair. Artie Lange III’s 19-year-old son, AJ, who is in college, comes and works for his father in the summer. His oldest daughter, Alexis, is the office manager and design consultant.

Alexis was instrumental in designing the interior of Artie’s new restaurant, Sapori of Scarsdale, which Artie totally renovated.

The restaurant is beautiful with high ceilings and white walls adorned with attractive paintings, a dark wood floor, and lots of small high hats giving off just enough light to make for a romantic and elegant evening. The tables are nicely spaced and there is a large, comfortable bar to the right as you enter the restaurant.

Artie, a true “foodie,” is one of three other partners who own this new dining venue, and Sapori, which means "flavors" in Italian, serves delicious Mediterranean fare. 

Chef Ibrahim makes interesting and unique food combinations. 

For appetizers, we had the charcuterie board with spicy coppa, speck, duck prosciutto, soppressata, and prosciutto de Parma. We also had two salads, toasted farro and heirloom beet trio, consisting of red vein sorrel, popcorn shoot, goat cheese, and favas in a balsamic reduction (the presentation was noteworthy), and endive and apple salad, with baby greens, pear, Roquefort, walnuts, and white truffle in a lemon vinaigrette.

We opted for two pasta dishes, and they were both winners:  burrata ravioli in an heirloom tomato sauce, fresh basil, and Parmigiano Reggiano and artisanal seafood pasta with manila clams, shrimp, fish, roasted shellfish, broth, and garlic crumbs. This dish comes with calamari, which I do not care for, and they kindly served it without. 

From main courses, I highly recommend the Cabernet braised short rib with homemade potato gnocchi parmesan.

The service is spot-on, and the general manager, Sammy Balidemaj, whom Artie has known for twenty-five years and who is one of the partners, will take good care of you. 

Our wines by the glass were a Chardonnay Montes from Chile and a Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were nice and were served in generous portions.

For dessert, we had a yummy coconut crème brûlée.

Sapori of Scarsdale is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and is located at 2 Chase Road in Scarsdale.

Photo courtesy of Artie Lange

 

 
OpaOpa in Bronxville Serves Delicious Greek Cuisine PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot     


Feb. 6, 2019:  OpaOpa Fresh Greek is a casual and friendly new spot in the Bronxville business district that serves classic Greek dishes in a light and bright setting. The restaurant is divided into two areas, one for dining and one for takeout. The walls are white with deep blue Greek motifs in the dining area on one wall. It is nice to have a new kind of cuisine in Bronxville, and I hope that everyone will support Faik Berisha, the owner, and his partner, Tony, who is also the chef.


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Faik is passionate about his fresh, never-frozen fish that is served here along with classic Greek dishes like moussaka, spinach pie, and baklava, which are all made on the premises. The extensive menu features appetizers, salads, soups, kebabs (on a stick), burgers, homemade Greek specials, souvlaki plates, and categories called "from the land" and "from the sea."

My dinner started with the spinach pie, nicely flavored with lemon, which my friend and I shared. We then had the moussaka and the chicken souvlaki plate, both of which were served nice and hot with Greek salad, pita bread, tzatziki, and yummy lemon potatoes. I recommend both dishes. For dessert, we shared galaktoboureko, the most divine Greek custard pie with filo dough topping and honey.

 

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Other choices that I have tried for lunch are the lamb & beef gyro, the small-sized Greek salad with grilled chicken breast, and the avgolemono, Greek chicken, orzo, and lemon soup. Portions are very generous here, so you can definitely share. Right now, there are seven fish dishes at market price on the menu, but some of these will be taken off and prices will be shown instead of "MP."

A big part of OpaOpa is the take-out business, which takes up almost half of the restaurant space. A sandwich typically takes five minutes to make, an entrée fifteen minutes, and the fish dishes need thirty minutes to complete. It is wise to call ahead if you can. Faik is offering a gyro, French fries, which I hear are very tasty, and a soda for the school children at lunch for $9.95, and he hopes that he will attract them to his restaurant.

The back wall of the dining area will hold shelves to store wine when the restaurant gets its beer and wine license. Right now, you are able to bring your own wine and they will open it and provide you with wine glasses. At night, the lighting is dimmed, and attractive votive candles are on the tables. 

OpaOpa Fresh Greek is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm every day.

First two photos by N. Bower; third photo provided by OpaOpa.


 

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Dining Out with Karen Talbot: Café Alaia Puts a New and Interesting Twist on Classic Italian Dishes PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


Jan. 16, 2019:  Does Westchester need another Italian restaurant recommendation? My answer is decidedly yes, because Café Alaia in Scarsdale, which opened about a year ago, puts a new and interesting twist on many classic Italian dishes that is well worth a try.

Café Alaia is owned by Vincenzo Alaia, who is from Naples, and his partner, Nancy Rosner. Together they have made their restaurant into an inviting and cozy destination, complete with a small bar, large wooden beams overhead, and wooden tables and chairs with dimly lit lighting throughout.

Our dining experience here started with sesame-crusted Italian bread served with a wonderful tomato sauce for dipping. Our antipasti and salads included gamberi e fagioli, seasoned grilled shrimp over sautéed cannellini beans; barbabietole, a very fresh salad of beets, arugula, and almonds; a Caesar salad; and the pièce de résistance, sformatino di melanzane, slow-cooked eggplant soufflé topped with burrata fondue and a light tomato sauce.

From primi, we ordered tagliatelle alla bolognese, homemade tagliatelle with beef ragu and grana; tortellini al formaggio e proscuitto, homemade grana tortellini with fontina and taleggio sauce, parmacotto ham, and peas; and a special dish of the evening from secondi, vitello scallopine, veal in a brown sauce reduction. Everything was very, very good, but the portion sizes on the pasta dishes were larger than they needed to be. We would have preferred half portions, but they were not available.

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The glasses of red wine that we enjoyed with our dinner were a Nebbiolo, super Tuscan, and Chianti, all from Italy. I wish that the wine list included a few less expensive wines by the glass; $12 seemed to be the lowest price point.

Vincenzo was very attentive and made sure that we really liked our food choices from the chef, Luca Cabras, and the sous-chef, Marcelo Yubi. The service was spot-on throughout our dinner there. Do not skip dessert. We had a deliciously flavored almond pear tart and affogato, vanilla ice cream drowned in espresso.

The restaurant is open from noon to 10:00 pm every day except Monday.

Café Alaia
66 Garth Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
914-725-3000
https://cafealaia.com/


 




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