It could not be solely legitimate that every single Irishmen wishes to have a bar but a fantastic number of Italian entertainers have needed to get into the cafe company, as have Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robert DeNiro, Lou Costello, Francis Ford Coppola, Madonna, Paul Sorvino, Liberace, Sonny Bono and Lady Gaga to title a couple of. So, when approached by veteran restaurateurs Jack, Jeff and Ross Sinanaj (of Empire Steakhouse and Ben & Jack’s), actor/writer Chazz Palminteri was only as well satisfied to lend his identify and expense to an east aspect Manhattan Italian cafe, later re-situated to the Theater District. This summer season, once again with the Sinanajes, he debuted Chazz Palminteri Restaurant in the New York suburb metropolis of White Plains. Considering that Chazz life in close by Bedford, he’s commonly at the restaurant a couple of instances a 7 days.
Greatest known for producing, generating, directing and starring in the one particular-gentleman show A Bronx Tale, about rising up on Arthur Avenue, which was built into a strike movie and Broadway musical with Robert DeNiro, Palminteri has a extensive résumé of films that includes The Regular Suspects, Examine This, Legend and—my beloved of his films—Yonkers Joe. Palminteri had earlier been part of a cafe in Baltimore’s Small Italy, but overestimated the locals’ flavor for Italian foods a great deal earlier mentioned the level of rooster parm.
Westchester County proportionately may perhaps have as a lot of Italian restaurants as does Manhattan, but several are this spacious, and the menu has a sumptuous variety, with generous parts that making sharing a true possibility and taking some household a superior chance. The cafe also mimics the Sinanajes’ to start with-charge steakhouses in the high quality of the meats and fish served below. So you may perhaps begin off with some Bluepoint oysters ($14.95) or effectively-seasoned, not much too greatly breaded clams oreganata ($13.95), as is the eggplant coated with breadcrumbs topped with tomato sauce and fresh new mozzarella ($13.95). Meatballs are lavishly topped with ricotta cheese and tomato sauce ($16.95), and the shrimp sautéed with chopped spicy peppers, in a gentle creamy gorgonzola sauce served with garlic bread could make a tiny meal ($15.95). Grilled octopus gets the welcome addition of chopped broccoli di rabe, spicy cherry peppers, capers and olives ($17.95).
You’d assume to locate pizzas, nicely rendered with a good crust of the right puffiness and taste that can be experienced with prosciutto ($19.95) or truffles ($24.95), as perfectly as shorter ribs with arugula and sweet peppers and mozzarella ($19.95). They also have a fats calzone of toasty pizza dough formed like an aged shoe and stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella, with refreshing tomato sauce ($15.95). (Most of these goods are also obtainable at the bar.)
I do not assume any menu needs 14 pastas, but the kinds that I tried using ended up beautifully manufactured, particularly classics like pappardelle alla bolognese, ($24.95) with the correct proportion of meat and veggies rigatoni with broccoli di rabe, sausage, sweet peppers and a pink vodka sauce ($24.95) and ravioli with lobster meat inside and lavished with a brandy cream sauce ($28.95). The bucatini alla carbonara definitely does not need “a contact of cream” ($23.95).
Even were this not an Italian cafe I would go to Chazz’s for the grilled meats, especially the big rack of American lamb with a darkish mint sauce with mashed potatoes and string beans ($48.95) or the USDA Primary sirloin at ($49.95). There’s also a chateaubriand for two at $99.95.
The Italian objects properly well worth ordering are the glistening branzino either baked or grilled, served with a refreshing herb sauce garlic and further virgin olive oil, and the lobster tails “à la Bronx Tale” with an abundance of clams, mussels and shrimp sautéed in a light spicy sauce atop handmade fettuccine ($49.95). I was not taken with the saltimbocca alla Romano ($33.95), which was a little leathery one particular evening.
Desserts like cheesecake and tiramisù are all housemade and meant to be shared.
Chazz’s has a thorough wine list, largely Italian, with 22 wines by the glass ($15.95-$22.95) and a impressive range of 50 percent-bottles and magnums (where there are some bargains), and dozens of good options less than $70.
I just cannot ensure a sighting of Palminteri every time you go—with two dining places and a fast paced vocation in entertainment that at times has him recreate the original a single-male show of A Bronx Tale—but I can guarantee one particular of the Sinanajes will be there building absolutely sure you are very well taken treatment of and, unquestionably, very well fed.
CHAZZ PALMINTERI Restaurant
262 Most important Avenue
White Plains, NY
Open Tues.-Sunlight. for lunch and evening meal.