Tuesday, Sep 18th

Last updateTue, 18 Sep 2018 4pm

You are here: Home Content Arts and Entertainment Tutta Bella Trattoria Where Everything Is Beautiful
first
  
last
 
 
start
stop
School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Despite months of planning, collaboration with parents and teachers...

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Jessica Kaplan and Mark Fowler of Bronx River Books Like many of you...

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

With the construction at the Scarsdale Library, many Scarsdale resi...

New Additions Open at Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary Schools

New Additions Open at Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary Schools

Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary School staffers and students retu...

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

As new restaurants pop up frequently in Mamaroneck, I seem to be vi...

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

Tutta Bella Trattoria Where Everything Is Beautiful

tuttabelladessertWriting about restaurants has me visiting dining spots of many varieties. There are so many choices that I must be very selective in deciding which ones to return to just for pure pleasure and not just for work. Among my go to places is Tutta Bella Trattoria. Its name is appropriate translating to everything is beautiful. Located on White Plains Road in Scarsdale, it is easy to find with its many glittering lights woven into its shrubs. Valet parking is a fine convenience. The spacious restaurant is nicely decorated with oversized photographs depicting scenes of Italy. The white linen clad tables add an elegance to the rooms. Since Tutta Bella is very popular, it does get quite noisy during prime hours. Owner Sergio Gashi assured me that one of their next projects is improvement of the acoustics.

Tutta Bella arrived in Scarsdale in 1996. Owner Sergio Gashi worked at Lattanzi in Manhattan's theater district for many years. Two years ago Leo Shala, also with experience at Lattanzi, joined Gashi as his partner. Along with Chef Mike Gallo and Chef Alberto Luigi, they run a carefully thought out and welcoming restaurant. The wait staff, many who have been there since its inception, are very accommodating. When you make a special request, the answer is often "OK, no problem."

tuttabellaseafoodChef Mike Gallo studied at the French Culinary Institute. "Growing up in an Italian household, food was very important. As a young child, I wish I had paid more attention to my grandmother's cooking. I love the craziness of the kitchen and Chef Alberto Luigi and I work together to keep the kitchen very organized. If I were a guest at TuttaBella, I might start with mozzarella and tomatoes followed by a bone in rib eye steak and of course a napoleon for dessert." Leo Shala remarked about the cleanliness of the restaurant: "Our kitchen is carefully cleaned from top to bottom every day." He said, "A restaurant is like a work of art and ours has many fine guests."

According to Sergio Gashi, "our success depends upon quality and fair prices. Everything must be excellent from the bread at the table to the dessert. It is important that attention is paid to every part of the meal, from start to finish. In our kitchen everything is freshly made. Consistency is important. The chefs here do a great job, so I leave them to their work."

tuttabellafishThe menu at Tutta Bella offers an extensive selection of Italian classics as well as innovative seasonal creations. Through the years, I have enjoyed insalata di frutti di mare, spedino alla romana, hot antipasti and clams oreganata as starters. Memorable salads are endive and radicchio with walnuts, gorgonzola, oil, balsamic dressing and red and golden beet salad with garden tomatoes and goat cheese. The house made pastas in almost 1 dozen varieties are excellent. In the past we savored gnocchi alla sorrentina, cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage and fettuccine with salmon and asparagus in a cognac sauce. Entrees of chicken scarpariello, veal martini, shrimp scampi, cioppino and a variety of grilled steaks, chops, and lobster are among the top quality dishes I have enjoyed.

tuttabellameatMost recently, rather than being presented with the menu, Gashi invited Chef Mike Gallo, and partner Leo Shala to join us for an outstanding tasting of many specials. Sergio, the consummate host remembered some of my likes and dislikes and planned the menu accordingly. A beautifully garnished platter of fresh from the sea bluepoint oysters, jumbo shrimp and lump crabmeat with tangy cocktail sauce was offered. The freshness of the seafood was an indication of the quality of the ingredients used at Tutta Bella. A lovely combination of grilled zucchini and grilled octopus with a balsamic glaze was presented next. It was very good indeed. Perfectly sliced smoked salmon was wrapped around buffalo mozzarella to form a rich and delicious pinwheel. It was paired with baby mesclun. Our final appetizer was a plate of sweet and tender scallops, pan seared and placed atop a mango horseradish puree. Topped with mache and cucumbers it was a delightful dish. A basket of Tutta Bella's signature flatbread and breadsticks and delicious crusty bread accompanied our dishes. Our entrees were very special, as well. Halibut, as fresh as possible was crusted with sliced potatoes and set over sautéed spinach and heirloom grape tomatoes. This mild flavored fish was enhanced by its preparation. Colorado lamb chops and zucchini "noodles" was another dish of fine quality. Homemade cheese ravioli were topped with thick meaty shitake mushrooms and sweet sausage. Just as I thought it couldn't get any better, a bone in porterhouse steak arrived. It is clear that the meat suppliers at Tutta Bella are top of the line. The juicy steak, cooked black and blue was melt in your mouth delicious, worthy of a top notch steak house. Although the dishes I tasted at this recent visit are not on the regular menu they may appear as specials. Since the ingredients are generally in the kitchen special requests may be honored. We completed our tasting with a variety of house made desserts. Young pastry chef Granit Shala, son of Leo Shala, prepared these sweet wonders from tiramisu, to tartuffo to cheesecake and their famous napoleon encrusted with almonds. To add another layer of sweetness to our meal I loved my specially prepared cloudlike grand marnier soufflé.

After this glorious tasting, I truly felt like royalty. Yes, at Tutta Bella from atmosphere, service and quality, everything is beautiful. Try it soon.

At lunch Monday through Friday a 3 course meal is offered. It is also a perfect party venue. There is a private dining room upstairs with an outdoor patio, a wine cellar and parts of the main dining room leads to a patio.

Tutta Bella Trattoria
745 White Plains Road
914 725 0566
http://tuttabellatrattoria.com

Pan Seared Scallops (4 appetizers)

12 large scallops
2 ripe mangos
1 Tbsp. horseradish
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups micro greens or mixed greens
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling and to brush the skillet

Peel the mangos and cut the flesh into small cubes. Blend into a puree with the horseradish in a blender. Dry the scallops on paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a non stick pan brushed with oil brown scallops on both sides. Set aside. Divide puree among 4 plates top each with three scallops. Top with greens and drizzle with olive oil. Enjoy.

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

Good Work

SETTING

Understanding Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System

Understanding Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System


Confused about Scarsdale's unique form of government? Why do we elect a nominating committee and what does it mean to be non-partisan? He...

Read More

Around Town

SETTING

Dining in the Gilded Age at the Scarsdale Woman's Club

Dining in the Gilded Age at the Scarsdale Woman's Club

Francine Segan will speak on “100 Years Ago: Elegant Dining and Entertaining in the Gilded Age” at the opening program of the Scarsdale W...

Read More

Neighborhood News

SETTING

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Jessica Kaplan and Mark Fowler of Bronx River Books Like many of you, we were so excited to find that Scarsdale’s new independent bookstor...

Read More

On Our Minds

SETTING

Scarsdale Couple Convicted for Running Pill Mill, Mamaroneck Woman Indicted for Murder of Baby Daughter

Scarsdale Couple Convicted for Running Pill Mill, Mamaroneck Woman Indicted for Murder of Baby Daughter

On September 6, 2018 Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced that a Manhattan Supreme Court jury retu...

Read More

On Our Radar

SETTING

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

With the construction at the Scarsdale Library, many Scarsdale residents are heading over to the White Plains Public Library to access re...

Read More

Parenting

SETTING

Ava Mae Levy Born September 1st

Ava Mae Levy Born September 1st

Ashley, Alex and Ava Mae Levy Janet and Alan Levy of Scarsdale are proud to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Ava Mae Levy, born ...

Read More

Village Voices

SETTING

Trustees Ask for More Revisions to Proposed Clear-Cutting Code

Trustees Ask for More Revisions to Proposed Clear-Cutting Code

Scarsdale Trustees considered, but failed to agree on new provisions to prevent the clear cutting of trees on Scarsdale properties at the...

Read More

Shout it Out

SETTING

Board of Trustees Report Repaving, New Gas Lines and New Stores in the Village

Board of Trustees Report Repaving, New Gas Lines and New Stores in the Village

This week’s Scarsdale Board of Trustees’ meeting was largely positive and brief, in contrast to the miserable weather that has taken hold...

Read More

School News

SETTING

Scarsdale Students Recognize 9/11, 17 Years Later

Scarsdale Students Recognize 9/11, 17 Years Later

Tuesday September 11 marked the 17th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center. A day that will live in infamy, 9/11 is typica...

Read More

Schools

SETTING

School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Despite months of planning, collaboration with parents and teachers and the best of intentions, the Scarsdale School administration found...

Read More

The Goods

SETTING

Scarsdalians Steal the Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Scarsdalians Steal the Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Phones all over Scarsdale lit up at 9:33 pm on Monday night 9-17, when a former resident became the surprise star of the Emmy Awards show...

Read More

Real Estate

SETTING

Committee for Historic Preservation to Consider More Demolitions Plus Home Sales and Weekend Open Houses

Committee for Historic Preservation to Consider More Demolitions Plus Home Sales and Weekend Open Houses

96 Walworth Avenue Applications to raze the following homes will be considered at the meeting of the Committee for Historic Preservation o...

Read More

Today's News

SETTING

Police Report: Graham Road Burglary, Car Break-in Bandit Spotted in Greenacres

Police Report: Graham Road Burglary, Car Break-in Bandit Spotted in Greenacres

Burglary: A Graham Road woman reported finding her house broken into and items stolen, upon arriving home from a trip Sept. 3. Stolen ite...

Read More

Arts and Entertainment

SETTING

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

As new restaurants pop up frequently in Mamaroneck, I seem to be visiting this diverse community frequently. Most recently, there was Sof...

Read More

People

SETTING

Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service Receives National Accreditation

Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service Receives National Accreditation

Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service (SFCS) announced today that it has received national accreditation as a provider of professi...

Read More

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

Programs for Scarsdale Kids