The owners of Zuppa in Yonkers run this trattoria serving Italian “home-cooking.” Orecchiette with egg, black pepper, onion, smoked bacon, and Parmigiano Reggiano; braised short ribs; and wild mushroom polenta are dishes to try. A 25-plus wine-by-the-glass menu is offered. Open for lunch Tues to Fri and dinner every day. Reservations recommended.
This place is always packed; (1) because of the food, and (2) because of John Leggio. He’s there every day, front and center, chatting up guests at the bar, visiting each table, calling most guests by name, being so charming and hospitable that it feels like family. Our very own version of Cheers.
If you're looking for the sort of straightforward, ingredient-driven food that makes Northern Italy a foodie mecca, then Mima's menu is sure to please. Look for a thoughtful affettati (sliced ham and salumi) selection, well-chosen Italian cheeses, and rustic comfort dishes like pastas, polentas, and soulful, slowly braised meats. Located in the cozy, tile-floored and tin-cielinged spot that formerly housed Red Hat, Mima features exposed brick and shelves of Brunellos and Barolos. With an intriguing by-the-glass selection (also available by the quartinos), and daily wine specials, it's easy to obey orders: 'Drink Wine' is emblazoned on the back of every server's shirt.
Most Underrated Restaurant 2010
Wine Bar 2013