Downtown White Plains’s makeover continues with The Iron Tomato Market & Café, a gourmet Italian specialty market offering daily made cheeses, more than 80 cuts of pasta, and fresh-made pizzas. Take home to savor fresh mozzarella ($7.99/lb), hard, nutty Shawondasee ($30-$32/lb), store-made sausage ($5.49/lb), meatballs with raisins and pignoli nuts ($8.99/lb), and a freshly baked, crunchy Addeo Casa loaf ($2.49 for a small; $3.99 for a large). Chef and co-owner Joe Giordano was formerly executive chef at Valbellas in Riverside, Connecticut. He attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary in New York City. The Iron Tomato houses a 40-seat café; outdoor seating is offered in warmer months.
Best Takeout 2010
Wish a gourmet market like Citarella or Delmonico would come to Westchester? One has. The overflowing shelves and display cases at gourmet Italian specialty market The Iron Tomato Market & Café tempt gourmands with more than 80 different cuts of fresh pasta, made-on-the-premises mozzarella ($7.99/lb); flaky potpies steaming with chunks of chicken ($7.99); and freshly baked breads like ciccolla (lard bread) flecked with salami, ham, and prosciutto ($4.49). There are dairy, meat, fish, bakery and prepared-foods departments, as well as a Moretti Forni pizza oven imported from Mondolfo, Italy, pumping out 10-inch ($7.95) and 14-inch ($13.95) pies. The meats are purchased from Master Purveyors, the same company that supplies Peter Luger Steakhouse. Chef and co-owner Joe Giordano, formerly executive chef at Valbellas in Riverside, Connecticut, oversees the kitchen, and there are 40-plus seats indoors and out for lingering over an espresso, cannoli, and the paper.
Best Peanut Butter Cookie (2012)
Is there anything as homey as a peanut butter cookie? There’s gotta be a compelling reason to eat this treat anywhere other than in your mother’s kitchen. That said, drop into The Iron Tomato and get a cookie that’ll make your mom jealous. It’s fat, peanutty, chewy, and delicious—plus, after you eat one, you won’t be asked to take out the garbage.