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The owners of Rustico have opened the Gran Caffe next door to their well-known restaurant on Central Avenue. The Caffe will serve the community breakfast, lunch and dinner. stopped by to meet owners Anna and Nello who opened the Caffe three weeks ago and already appear to have a bustling business and happy clientele. The Caffe is a casual spot that has something for everyone.  Open at 7 am, they serve an assortment of gourmet coffees and teas to accompany your bagel, muffin,  scone or omelet. For lunch there’s a long list of sandwiches, wraps and Panino including the Caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers, parma prosciutto, basil and olive oil or the Modena which is mortadella, capicolla, soppresata, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato and oil and vinegar. The thin crust pizzas, soups, salads and selection of hot meals all looked fresh and delicious.

Pastries, sold by the piece, are supplied by the former pastry chef of the Gramercy Tavern and Sushi Samba, and for dessert there is also gelato and italian cookies.

The restaurant has ample seating and would be a nice venue to meet a friend for lunch or coffee, or to sit alone, sip your coffee and read the paper.  At night they are open late to accommodate those who want to stop by for a glass of wine or dessert.

In addition, the shop is offering catering: supplying many of the dishes well known at Rustico, such as Lasagna Bolognese, Pasta Amatriciana, Fra Diavlo, Puttanesca, or Veal Marsala, Francese or Piccata; all in trays for up to 20 peopl.. Think about calling the Gran Caffe to cater your holiday get togethers.

Stop by and welcome the Gran Caffe to the neighborhood. Mention and receive 10% off your purchase.

Gran Caffe
Gourmet Deli by Rustico
Home of the Ultra Thin Crust Pizza
749 Central Avenue
Scarsdale, New York
Open: Monday - Sunday, 7 am to Midnight

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Delectable thin crust pizza is now available at All'Antica on Depot Place next to the train station in Scarsdale Village

ImagePizza by the slice, or in full and half-sizes are on the menu at All'Antica, Scarsdale newest pizzeria and restaurant. You'll find and impressive array of toppings; sausage, spinach, eggplant and portabello mushrooms are just a few. We've heard great reports about the Finocchia (with anise and sausage), Melanzana (eggplant and gorgonzola) and Pesto Pizzas. Want more?  There's chicken and eggplant parmigiana and a range of entrees including pastas and salads.  Eat in or take out, but definitely give it a try.



8 Depot Place




Monday-Friday 11am-10pm

Saturday 12pm - 10pm

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A sad sight on Central Avenue... all that’s left of the Mont Parnasse Diner is a pile of rubble.  I’ve got memories of omelettes, french toast, grilled cheese sandwiches and jello with whipped cream. It was an old-time, expansive eatery, with leather banquettes, tall cakes buried in icing and juke boxes on each table. I am sure you have fond recollections as well. George McGuire of the State Contracting Co., was on hand to do the demolition and hauled away over 200 tons of rubble. What will be built in it’s place? I bet you already guessed! Another bank? No, it’s Walgreens. A new 11,000 square foot  drugstore will be built to open in 2010.

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Yum –the Flour & Sun Bakery, Westchester’s first and only cupcake bakery, has opened in Pleasantville.  The cupcakes are made from scratch daily, using only the finest ingredients.  The goods are delectable and the store is lovely – well worth a trip up the Bronx River Parkway. Image Classic cupcakes are offered everyday – vanilla with vanilla icing, vanilla/chocolate, chocolate cake with vanilla icing and chocolate/chocolate.  Mouth-watering daily specials are too numerous to list.  There’s chocolate cream cheese, lime, red velvet, peanut butter and jelly and more. Take a seat at the counter and enjoy your cupcakes with one of six varieties of tea while you watch the action in town from the window.

ImageIn addition to the cupcakes at the retail shop, special orders are available for corporate events, baby showers, holiday parties, birthdays, and weddings.


Store hours are:

Sunday: 10-5 pm
Monday: CLOSED
Tues-Thurs: 11-7 pm
Friday: 11-8 pm
Saturday: 10-8 pm

And you’ll find the bakery just a short walk from the Jacob Burns Film Center at:

Image19 Washington Avenue
Pleasantville, New York

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For years I heard tales of a legendary pizza place in New Haven that justified a stopover when traveling the Northeast corridor. Apparently Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has been famous in Connecticut for their coal fire “tomato pies” since 1925. And the big news is that 85 years later they have finally opened up a Pepe’s on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. Expecting a crowd, I called to order our pie well inadvance and was pleased to find them to be very accommodating. We arrived at a huge new restaurant, sparcely furnished, featuring a long white counter, two huge brick ovens and scores of pizza chefs and sous-chefs scurrying about, ready to prepare pizza for hundreds.  The pizza’s were placed in and out of the ovens with long pizza sticks and the entire operation was efficient and impressive.

The menu included the original tomato pie, with or without mozzarella as well as a wide range of toppings including sausage, spinach, mushrooms, shrimp, chicken and more.  Apparently they are famous for their fresh clam pizzas and the chefs were proud to show me their daily catch of fresh clams that we’ll try on our next visit.

This time we sampled the tomato pie with mozzarella and with one bite realized why this pizza is famous.  The crust is crisp, but chewy, somewhat like a good French baguette rolled out thin, and toasted in a fiery hot oven. Other than pizza there’s not much more…a Pepe’s salad, soda, beer bottled and on tap and wine by the bottle or the glass. And what does it cost? Not much! A small pizza starts at $6.30, with large pizza’s at $12 plus additional charges for the toppings from .60 for onions up to $13.00 for fresh clams on a large pie.

The space is so large that it appears they are expecting legions of diners …and I do hope they appear.  With pizza this good at reasonable prices I predict Pepe’s will become a Yonker’s institution.

The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napolentana
1955 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York
Open Daily at 11:30 a.m.
Dine in or take out (914) 961-8284

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