Tuscany Cafe is a family-owned restaurant run by Sal Cappiello and wife Lisa; the chef is Sal’s sister Michelle Cappiello, a CIA and French Culinary Institute graduate. The café is Wi-Fi-friendly, seats 30, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu features daily homemade soups, paninis, salads, main dishes including pizza, chicken parmagiana, and eggplant rollatini, homemade desserts such as tiramisu and pot de crème, and coffee from Tarrytown’s Coffee Labs Roasters. The Tuscany Cafe eggplant parm beat Bobby Flay’s version on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The café is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
When your eggplant parmigiana beats out Chef Bobby Flay’s on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, we have got to take note. And Tuscany Café’s parm did just that. The ingredient list is fresh and simple (sautéed, breaded eggplant, fresh marinara sauce, and mozzarella and Romano cheeses) from a recipe by Grandma Maria Cappiello. Grandson Sal and his wife, Lisa, own the café, while Sal’s sister Michele, a CIA and French Culinary Institute graduate, is the chef. Their eggplant parm-crafting abilities shouldn’t come as a surprise; the sibs’ parents owned Emilia’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue from 1988 to 1999. The $14.95 dish is served at dinner only; sorry lunch crowd!