Tesoro D'Italia opens in Pleasantville...

We had two meals at the new Tesoro D’Italia on Marble Ave., on the Pleasantville/Thornwood border and the food has been very tasty. Both the Tre-Colore and Endive Salads were crisp and refreshing with added gorgonzola cheese. Two Color Cavatelli with broccoli rabe, sundried tomato, sausage and garlic was flavorful, but the big hit last night was the bowl of Fusilli Melanzana, with fresh tomato, basil, eggplant, parmigiano cheese, and decadent dollops of fresh mozzarella in meat sauce. It was loaded! Had to take some of that home.
Peter Lucaj and partners took over the former Trattoria 160 about a month ago. Peter and his team had previously spent years at Ciao in Eastchester. In the kitchen is Chef Dan Pennacchio whose family, from father on down, have been in the restaurant business for years…

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Made a flavorful return last night. It was nice to see the main dining room bustling with activity. While we sat in the bar/lounge we shared an order of Eggplant Rollatini , oozing with its ricotta, topped with red sauce and melted mozzarella. Followed this with an old favorite: Chicken Payard (their spelling), chicken breasts pounded thin sautéed and topped with endives, avocado, chunks of fresh mozzarella & tomato in a light mustardy balsamic sauce. It was a winner, delish! Washed it down with some fine red wine…

We started with a wonderful Tricolor Salad last night with added gorgonzola. Moved on to share a rustic entrée of Grilled Chicken served over spinach topped with mushrooms and roasted potatoes. So good. Enough to take home. Chef Dan came out to recommend his just-made Tiramisu. And it was a winner! He still does it right (from his father’s recipe, he said)…they poured us some good wines, too. Glad we returned…

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