Lunch at Fortina, Yonkers

I have a neighbor with whom I go to lunch on a fairly regular irregular basis. She had wanted to pay me for a sticky toffee pudding I made for her at Christmas, but I suggested she just pay for lunch the next time we went out. I have been jonesing for Chicken Parm for a while, and since we had talked about eating at Fortina, we decided to give it a go for lunch. Unfortunately, I would give my Chicken Parm, and the whole lunch, no more than a C+.

For me, a good Chicken Parm involves a chicken cutlet that is still crispy despite its veil of sauce and cheese. This chicken was mushy and seemed more pre-formed than being an actual piece of chicken. I also found the sauce to be too sweet. The side of spaghetti also had this sweet sauce on it, and I had to ask for some cheese to sprinkle on it. My friend had the pizzeria salad, and it, too, came with an unpleasantly sweet dressing. We had shared the wood-fired carrots with walnut crema to start, but the crema did not taste of walnuts and looked a little like library paste. The carrots were nearly raw.

Add that to the deafeningly loud music and it’s safe to say that we won’t be returning any time soon. Cross this one off the list.

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Ugh, I’m sorry you had such a bad lunch there! I’ve never had the chicken parm- they make it sound like a big chicken nugget with sauce and cheese so I guess it is some sort of Franken-chicken patty. We haven’t been to the one in Yonkers and based on your review wouldn’t bother! We usually stick to the pasta and pizza at the one in Armonk.

We’ve had two meals at the Stamford location. Full disclosure: we are related by marriage to one of the investors. We had a really fabulous engagement party dinner there in September 2019. But boss man was in the house with us.

I’ve only had the pizza there in terms of entrees. Excellent at the engagement party, just adequate on another visit.

That’s basically what it is. I had heard great things about it so that’s what I had on our one and only visit (Yonkers location). Mine was relatively crispy on the outside, but very tender (almost to the point of mushiness) inside - I think they use thigh meat and glue pieces of it together to create that texture. It was good but nothing I would order again, and the loud music and other service issues have kept us from returning.

ETA: I just reread the post I wrote after our dinner there (well over a year ago) and I specifically commented on liking the tomato sauce because it was bright and acidic. I am guessing they changed the recipe - no way I would have enjoyed it if it had been sweet!

I actually remember hearing that before about the chicken parm. It’s more like those pre-formed patties of chicken rather than an actual cutlet. We have not been to Fortina in a while. We go to Armonk when we go. I do love their pizza but you really have to be in the mood for the deafening music. They try to create a party atmosphere. Sometimes you just want quiet. So, when I’m in the mood for pizza, lately I go to Locali in Mt. Kisco. Love that place and it’s quiet and the food is great too!!

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