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May 2018

Dining Out Suggestions for Mother’s Day!

Mom deserves her special day. If you are planning to dine out on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th, here are a few suggestions in greater Westchester that cover a wide variety of tastes. Special Hint: Mother’s Day is a big restaurant day, so be sure to reserve a table early. If possible, you can even take Mom out before or after actual Mother’s Day to keep it less stressful. Enjoy!


Piatto Trattoria Italiana, 55 E. Main St., New Rochelle 914-355-5858

Talented Executive Chef Erminio Conte is from Puglia and his robust kitchen repertoire is regional Italy. Let veteran host Lorando, who previously worked for Nello in Manhattan and owned Ferrante in Stamford, give you a tour of the menu. Look for such knockout signature specialties as: Caesar Salad; Quinoa Gnocchi with four cheese sauce; Spinach Fettuccine; Roasted Brick Chicken with lemon & rosemary; Salmone in Crosta over Sicilian caponata; and woodfired pizza such as their Truffle Season Pie. Fine wine list. House made Flan is a must for dessert. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Cozy bar. Free parking. A special menu will be served on Mother’s Day. www.piattowestchester.com


Mulino’s of Westchester, 99 Court Street, White Plains 914-761-1818

A lovely multi-level dining room lush with flowers and outdoor fountain which can be seen thru a giant window. Let seasoned general manager ‘Gimmy’ Cavagna and has staff take you through such pleasures as the extraordinary Cold Seafood Platter, loaded with fresh chilled lobster, colossal U5 shrimp, Alaskan King Crab Legs, sweet lump crabmeat, east and west coast oysters, littleneck clams, Jonah crab claws, all beautifully decorated and served over crushed ice with 3 dipping sauces; Black Linguine with Baby Lobster Tails; Garganelli alla Carbonara, tossed with pancetta, eggs and parmigiano reggiano; Nodino di Vitello Valdostana, stuffed double cut veal chop; Dover Sole pan sautéed and de-boned; and the smooth house made Italian cheesecake. Open Monday thru Saturday and Mother’s Day, 1 pm to 8 pm. Municipal and valet parking. www.mulinosny.com


Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison 914-835-6199

Chef-owner and personable host Dean Vivolo of Trattoria Vivolo serves his robust regional Italian cuisine out of a vintage diner just across from Harrison's Metro-North station. Sit at the counter, tuck into a booth, or take a table in the rear greenhouse and enjoy the surprising contemporary and traditional flavors emanating from his kitchen: tasty thin-crusted pizza; Crostino di Polenta topped with wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and tomato sauce; Grilled Rack of Lamb; Braised Lamb Shanks; Boneless Rabbit; Lasagna Bolognese al Forno; and wonderful Spaghetti a la Vongole. Good wine list. Sparkling lights evenings. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Free parking. www.trattoriavivolo.com


Luka’s Italian Cuisine, 130 W. Post Road, White Plains 914-607-3535

Luka’s Italian Cuisine, a multi-section 150-seat restaurant and bar/lounge, has opened on West Post Road, White Plains, at the former site of Ernesto’s. The restaurant serves Italian/American & Continental specialties for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch 7 days a week. The restaurant has undergone a major renovation, antique white and pastel walls surround the enclosed sparking bar area from the main 55-seat dining room. Recent tastings have included: a fine Hot Antipasto for two, chocked full of baked clams, fried calamari, eggplant rollatini and stuffed mushrooms; a refreshing Insalata di Pere, arugula salad with pear, goat cheese, walnuts and shaved parmesan cheese with a balsamic dressing; hearty Fettuccine Bolognese in a tasty meat sauce; and a classic version of Vitello Saltimbocca, medallions of veal topped with prosciutto di Parma and melted mozzarella in a rosemary wine sauce over a bed of spinach. Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner will be served.  www.lukasitaliancuisine.com


Mughal Palace, 16 Broadway, Valhalla 914-997-6090

Offer Mom a taste of exotic India. Owner Mohammed Alam of Mughal Palace will be serving Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. The all you can eat Indian brunch will be served from 11:30 am to 3 pm, more than a dozen selections from salad, main courses to desserts with all the trimmings. Cost is $15.95 per person. Dinner will be a la carte and begin at 5 pm. Look for such specialties as: Lasuni Gobi, cauliflower florets tossed with bell peppers, onion, garlic and green herbs; Chicken Barbacue Kabab, marinated boneless chicken cooked in the tandoor oven; Lamb Bhuna, pieces of lamb cooked in a medium spiced sauce of bell peppers, tomatoes and fresh Indian herbs; and Mango Chicken, boneless chunks of chicken cooked with fresh mango, ginger, garlic and dry spices. A glass of lassi with help wash it all down, and don’t forget the delicious house made Indian breads to scoop up the sauces. Open 7 days. www.mughalpalace.com


La Piccola Casa, 410 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-777-3766

Proprietor Walter Ricci has worked many popular kitchens in greater Westchester including the former Umberto’s in Rye and Giorgio’s in Port Chester which he ran for 10 years. The restaurant is housed in the landmark DeLancey House where author James Fenimore Cooper lived for a time across from scenic Harbor Island Park along Boston Post Road. On Mother’s Day, Walter will be serving his new updated menu featuring many of his well-known specialties: Italian classics with concentration on the finest ingredients. Walter does his own market shopping daily. During a recent visit I saw a customer dive into a giant Double Cut Veal Chop. Great Clams Oreganata and Soft Shell Crab, too. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Free street parking. Reservations accepted. www.lapiccolacasa.com


Magno’s Grill, 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle 914-235-0008

Chef/owner Angelo Magno had put his talents to work at such lauded kitchens at Tango Grill, Milonga and Gaucho Grill. He has joined forces with his family at his own 60-seat spot featuring fine versions of Italian and Argentinean classics. Look for such house specialties as: fresh Empanadas, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, hearty Paella, hefty Pork Osso Buco, and Argentinean Parrillada, hearty mixed grill with chimichurri sauce. Cocktail bar; license pending. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Municipal parking nearby. Reservations accepted. www.magnosgrill.com


La Riserva, 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont 914-834-5584

The Vivolo family of venerable La Riserva in Larchmont have completed a major renovation of the premises and it is stunning! ‘La famiglia’ Vivolo have been serving ‘the Italian classics’ here for over 38 years and the refreshing atmosphere and friendly ambiance keep it a treat. The dining rooms at La Riserva have been beautifully refurbished: resplendent with new white tiled bar, plush new dark wood floors, chairs and tabletops. The ceiling is now a lush red and the new brick walls are highlighted by vintage black and white photos depicting scenes from Vivolo’s hometown of Accadia-Foggia in Italy. Private party facilities. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Free parking. Closed Mondays.  www.lariservarestaurant.com


(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for over 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: gutreactions@optonline.net)