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Dining Out with Karen Talbot: Modern, Attractive, and Delicious Italian Restaurant Opens in Eastchester PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


Dec. 5, 2018:  An exciting new restaurant with New York coolness and vibe has opened in Eastchester on the grounds of the Lake Isle Country Club.   

Gigante is very modern and attractive, with lots of black and white décor and purple lighting. The lighting really stands on its own. The ceiling has purple, green, and blue swirls that dim and brighten along with stunning red Chihuly-like chandeliers strategically placed throughout. Other accents are silver beads crisscrossed in one area of the dining room, which serve as a divider for one seating section. The trio of owners, Lou Gigante Sr.Lou Gigante Jr., and Gimmy Cavagna have made this restaurant an outstanding Art Deco masterpiece.

I have to mention the over-the-top, one-of-a-kind bar, which is made of translucent onyx quartz, which allows the light under it to illuminate the natural color of the material. It’s unique. Go for a drink even if you can’t stay for dinner.

You may think that the décor rules here, but the food, under the guidance of the executive chef, Samuel Kim, and his culinary mastery bring you Italian-influenced American farm-to-table cuisine. 

Our dinner started with delicious Italian bread accompanied by first-rate olive oil, laced with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. We opted for the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Menu, three courses for $32.95 per person. 

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Our outstanding starters were burrata in smoked tomato relish and micro basil; Gigante meatball, which was nicely sized with Parmigiano Reggiano, ricotta, and marinara sauce; and charred gem Caesar salad, with lemon anchovy vinaigrette and garlic croutons.

For mains we had roast chicken, which was organic French cut and served with Brussels sprouts, applewood smoked bacon, and Dijon mustard; beef short ribs with spaetzle spinach, roasted butternut squash, and chili-honey onion jam; and Faroe Island salmon with apple purée, fennel, charred cucumber salad, and black quinoa. Once again, all three were a work of art and taste.

Our third course was dessert, and all three choices were all yummy: warm chocolate cake with poached pear and pistachio ice cream; hazelnut panna cotta with strawberries and cookie crunch; and assorted baked cookies, the most noteworthy of which was the pignoli cookie flavored with almond.

Our wines by the glass were all enjoyable:  Chardonnay, Bayten, 2016 (Constantia); Malbec, Achaval-Ferrer, 2016 (Mendoza); and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merf, 2015 (Washington State). 

Service was very efficient under Joe Alfano, and the waiters were very polished-looking in gray shirts, black pants, and black suspenders. Our server, David, could not have been nicer.

Chef Sam is offering the following items on the Gigante menu for the holidays: brûlée fig salad, chestnut pappardelle, white truffle pizza, and spiced roasted duck breast.

Lou Gigante Sr. created the award-winning Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains more than thirty years ago, and the three owners launched Mulino’s at Lake Isle three years ago for event catering.

Hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 5:00 to 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 5:00 pm to midnight; and Sunday, brunch, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and dinner, 4:00 to 9:00 pm. 

Photos courtesy Gigante

 

 

Dining Out with Karen Talbot: Modern, Attractive, and Delicious Italian Restaurant Opens in Eastchester

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By Karen Talbot Dec. 5, 2018:  An exciting new restaurant with New York coolness and vibe has opened in Eastchester on the grounds of the Lake Isle Country Club. ...

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Bakeries & Cafes

Nutmeg

Nutmeg, readily convenient on Main Street in Tuckahoe, serves delicious scones, muffins, tea and short breads, pies, cakes, cookies and a host of savory items. Come into their cheery store, grab a goodie and enjoy a cup of really good coffee or tea. Nutmeg also provides their food items to local caterers and restaurants

64 Main Street. Tuckahoe 

914-779-1328

www.thenutmegcafe.com

 

Caterers

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Bxv Food Fine Catering

Bxv Food Fine Catering caters for sit-down dinners, luncheons, cocktail parties or buffets.  bxvFood can provide unique food, excellent service and inviting ambiance, attending to all of the details, leaving you free to enjoy your guests. bxvFood serves Southern Westchester, Southwestern Conn. and New York city with 80% of his catering done right here in Bronxville's square mile.  Two to three weeks advance notice is preferred for booking a date.  Their specialty and most rewarding meal is a seven-course, seasonal sit-down dinner served in your home for 6-12 guests.

98 Millard Avenue, Bronxville  
914-714-9543
hg@bxvfood.com

Corner Stone Caterers of Rye

544 Milton Road
Rye, New York
www.cornerstonecaterers.com
914-967-0035


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Eastchester Fish Gourmet Catering To Go

Eastchester Fish Gourmet caters expertly prepared food to take out for cocktail parties, dinner parties or special events.  From a quiet dinner for two to a large gathering, Eastchester Fish Gourmet can create a special menu for your event.  All of the seafood purchased here is fresh, never frozen. 
 
837 White Plains Road, Scarsdale  
914-725--3450 x2
eastchesterfish@gmail.com

Glorious Food of New York

504 East 74th Street
New York, New York
www.gloriousfood.com

212-628-2320


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Le Moulin Event Planning & Catering, Ltd.

Le Moulin caters the "Simplest To The Most Elegant Affair," and brings comprehensive event planning experience and attention to every detail which includes Events, Weddings, Corporate Events, Special Affairs and Event Venues. The food is always of high quality, colorful and artistically presented. Corporate clients include leaders in a variety of industries, political associations, the arts and a host of other business and private patrons

1 Pierpointe Street, Yonkers  
914-469-6762

Libby Coverly Cooke Catering And Event Planning

49 Brownhouse Road
Stamford, CT 06902
www.libbycookecatering.com
203-406-9664


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Two Carrot Catering

Two Carrot Catering is a full-service caterer providing creative cuisine combined with personalized service.  From an elaborate wedding to an intimate dinner party or casual buffet luncheon, we can attend to every detail of your affair.  For many years, Two Carrot Catering has formed trusting relationships with their clients, both corporate and private.

Chappaqua, NY
914.238.1431


 
Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

Ladle of Love

Ladle of Love dishes out delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, wraps, hand crafted meals and rotating daily specials.  They also have a Meal Plan Program that is personalized for individuals or families, offering daily or weekly meals which can be customized to dietary preferences and needs.

18 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville

914.346-8883  info@oflovegroup.com

www.ladleoflove.com

 

Wine & Cheese


Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese

Owned by Bronxville's own Ruth Walter and Kevin McNeill, Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese carries traditional varieties of cheese such as manchego, camembert and Irish Cheddar as well as other varieties from a half dozen countries. They also sell specialty breads, baguettes, scones, croissants, olive rye batard and other varieties provided by French baker, Balthazar. Gift baskets and party platters are available to order.  It is also a go to destination for lunch for the school children offering the mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches on white or multi-grain bread and yummy lemonade. 

107 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-361-1770

www.dobbsandbishop.com 


Restaurant Guide

American

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

American

630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, New York
914-366-9600
www.bluehillfarm.com


Dolphin

Dolphin Restaurant, Bar and Lounge has maximum waterfront dining on the Hudson River.  They have a delicious summer menu and speciality drinks.  Their more casual sister restaurant, Hudson Cafe, is also next door.

American

1 van Der Donck Street
Yonkers, New York 
914-751-8170
www.dolphinrbl.com



Eastchester Fish Gourmet

Eastchester Fish Gourmet is an acclaimed restaurant and fish market located in Scarsdale, New York. Founded by Rick Ross in 1981, Eastchester Fish is a Scarsdale landmark, having served the community for over 30 years.

American

837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-725-3450
www.eastchesterfish.com


Pete's Park Place Tavern

This comfy veteran tavern has been serving beers, burgers & other pub fare since 1937.

18-20 Park Pl, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 337-9887


Rebeccas

American
265 Glenville Road
Greenwich, CT
203-532-9270


The Melting Pot

American

30 Mamaroneck Avenue (Next to CVS)
White Plains, NY 10601
www.meltingpot.com


Underhill’s Crossing

Underhills Crossing Restaurant is a great place to meet family or friends for a lite bite, an incredible raw bar & shellfish tower assortment, or a full meal offering seasonal farm fresh ingredients.  The Chef's 3-course prix-fixe tasting menu offers new choices each Thursday.  Fine wines, craft beers and a specially created cocktail menu compliment the menu chef's grill selection, pasta, meat and market-fresh fish dishes.

Underhills Crossing Restaurant is also happy to cater your special event in our house or yours.

American

Menus: www.underhillscrossing.com/menu/
74 ½ Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1200
www.underhillscrossing.com



Asian

Asiana Café

Pan Asian
140 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut
203-622-6833


Haiku

Pan Asian
56 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-5601


Wild Ginger

Pan Asian
10 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-2198

Delicatessen & Bagels

Lange's of Bronxville

Lange's of Bronxville is a homestyle delicatessen nestled in Bronxville.  For over 3 decades, Lange's has proudly offered an authentic deli and catering experience, serving freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites that keep our customers coming back for more. 

94 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
914.337-3354





French

La Pantiere

French
530 Milton Road
Rye, New York
914-967-8140


Pascal’s

French
141 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-6685


 

Italian

Ciao

Italian 

5-7 Albanese Place
Eastchester, NY
914-779-4646


Harvest on Hudson

Harvest on Hudson's menu is based on the traditional cuisine of Italy. Chef David Amorelli incorporates the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley with our very own vegetable and herb garden into contemporary and creative Italian dishes.

1 River Street • Hastings, NY 10706 

(914) 478-2800

www.harvesthudson.com


Il Bacio Trattoria  

Pizzas, pastas & homemade gelato draw crowds to this no-frills, family-friendly Italian eatery.

Italian

1 Park Place, Bronxville, NY 10708 
914-337-4100
 


Lusardi

Italian

Menu : www.lusardis.com
1885 Palmer Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-5555
www.lusardis.com


Pinocchios

Italian 

309 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York
914-337-0044


Rosie’s Bistro Italiano

Italian 

10 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York
914-793-2000


Scalini Osteria

Scalini's mission is "to serve delicious, regionally-inspired Italian food that highlights both the simplicity and new age complexity of the country."

Italian

Menu: http://www.scaliniosteria.com/menu/
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-4935
www.scaliniosteria.com


Terra Ristorante Italiano

Italian

156 Greenwich Avenue
203-628-5222
http://www.zhospitalitygroup.com/terra/



Mexican

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

7 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

914-337-4000

www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com

@BlueMoonMexCafe

#AtTheMoon 


The Burrito Poblano

85 Main Street, Tuckahoe

914-337-7900

www.theburritopoblano.com 


La Chinita Poblana

61 Main Street, Irvington

914-231-9398

www.chinitapoblanany.com 


Rancho Grande

Highridge Plaza, 1789 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers

914-337-3056

www.ranchograndemex.com 


Vega

189 Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale

914-723-0010

www.vegamexican.com 

Pizza

Angelina's

97 Lake Avenue, Tuckahoe 

914-779-7944

www.angelinasoftuckahoe.com


Ciao

5 John R. Albanese Place, Eastchester 

914-779-4646

www.ciaoeastchester.com


Coals

131 Parkway Road, Bronxville 

914-337-1901

www.coalspizza.com


Il Bacio Trattoria

1 Park Place, Bronxville

914-337-4100


Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

50 Pondfield Rd W, Bronxville

914-961-7460


Polpettina

102 Fisher Avenue, Eastchester 

914-961-0061

www.polpettina.com 


Roma Restaurant

29 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe 

914-961-3175

www.romarestaurant1931.com

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