LoopFood: La Riserva, Larchmont
16 Jan, 2014
By Morris Gut
Michael Vivolo, Chef/Proprietor of La Riserva Trattoria, is marking 36 years in Larchmont. Look around, you may spot former Yankees manager Joe Torre eating in his favorite restaurant.
La Riserva is serving a tempting variety of new seasonal prix fixe lunches, dinners and Sunday brunch, and now features a stunning photo gallery in the multi-level dining rooms.
A 3-course $12.95 daily lunch special includes soup of the day and crisp house salad along with a choice of such main courses as: Sea Bass Francese, Chicken Marsala, Loin of Pork Martini, Grilled Chicken over mixed greens, or Rigatoni with sliced sausage and tomato sauce. The new 3-course prix fixe dinner includes choice of soup or fresh salad, choice of main course, house dessert and coffee. Entrée choices may include: Filet of Sole Francese; Pollo Verdura, sautéed chicken breast with white wine, tomatoes, zucchini and fresh mozzarella; Spaghetti con Polpetine, with meatballs and basil tomato sauce; Cozze e Vongole Fra Diavolo con Linguini, clams and mussels over linguini with spicy marinara sauce; Costoletta di Maiale Martini, pounded pork chop crusted with parmigiano cheese, white wine and lemon; and Salmon in Puff Pastry, with capers and chopped tomatoes. The prix fixe dinners come with a glass of wine or soda and are served Monday thru Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm. $27.95 per person.
The dining rooms were beautifully refurbished by Michael’s wife Margaret a while back with plush new carpeting, window fixtures and artwork. The dramatic new photo gallery includes vintage black and white blow-ups depicting scenes from Vivolo’s hometown of Accadia-Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy during the early 20th Century. They are lovely, a must see!
From the regular menu come such signature pastas as: Angel Hair Abissi Marini, thin egg noodles in a light cream sauce with shrimp and mushrooms; Farfalle alla Romana, with fresh tomato, mushrooms, chicken and asparagus; Penne al Salmone, with marinara and fresh salmon; Gnocchi Piacentina, housemade potato pasta served in a cream and meat sauce with sage; Linguine Pescatore, with mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari in a light marinara sauce; Housemade Lasagna, in a cream and meat sauce; and Fusilli Antica, with tomato sauce and sausage.
Popular main courses include: Veal Chop alla Griglia, grilled veal chop with mushrooms and roasted potatoes; Gamberoni in Guazzetto, jumbo shrimp in white wine with lemon, butter, capers and mushrooms; Pollo Piemontese, with portobello mushrooms and brandy sauce; Veal Verbena, topped with asparagus and mozzarella cheese, and fresh Branzino served in a variety of styles.
A new Sunday brunch menu, served noon to 3 pm, offers choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary or Soda, a basket of bread and bruschetta, and choice of such main courses as: Frittata Joe Torre with egg whites, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes and red onion; Eggplant Rollatine; Penne Salmone; Pollo Parmigiana; Insalata Portofino, with grilled chicken; Farfalle alla Romana, with chicken, asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes; Clams and Mussels Posillipo; Foccacia Umbria with roasted eggplant, tomato, arugula, sharp provolone cheese, served with fries; and Pollo Tarragone with rice, chicken breast with champagne and tarragon sauce. The meal also comes with choice of coffee or tea and house dessert. Cost is $17.95 per person.
Customers old and new are always greeted with genuine warmth when entering La Riserva. Hosting duties are shared by Michael and Margaret Vivolo, along with Ellie Cucino, a 30-year veteran of the restaurant. Son Dean Vivolo operates the popular Trattoria Vivolo in Harrison out of a vintage diner.
La Riserva Trattoria 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Dinner is served 7 nights, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday thru Thursday; to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Catering facilities for up to 60 guests. Take-out. Free parking. 914-834-5584 www.lariservarestaurant.net
Morris Gut is a restaurant consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for over 25 years. 914-235-6591 firstname.lastname@example.org