The buzz has been spreading among food aficionados since the opening last July of Le Sirene in Larchmont, on the former site of Palmer’s Crossing.
The Bruno family are veteran restaurateurs who also own such venerable dining rooms as San Pietro, Caravaggio and Sistina in Manhattan. They have had ties to their native Southern Italy for generations, having farmed olive trees and produced wines in and around their hometown of Salerno. And they know how to cook in the authentic Italian way: “Let natural food flavors express themselves,” is their culinary philosophy.
There is a subdued sophistication about the place. Casual but proper. ‘Le Sirene’ is named after the luring mythological mermaids of classical Greek literature, the Sirens. Colorful modern paintings adorn the walls depicting sea themes. There are pastel hues throughout, with lovely table clothed seating on two levels. A private dining room in the rear, near the kitchen, is available for special banquets and events.
Signature pastas include: Chitarrine con ragu di vitello e piselli, homemade spaghetti with ragu of grounded veal and fresh peas; Pennette alla carbonara campana, small penne with aged pork cheek, parmesan cheese, egg yolk, extra virgin and black pepper; Gnocchetti con melanzane, cipolla rossa e provola affumicata, handmade small potato gnocchi with eggplant, sweet red onions, fresh tomato, , smoked provola cheese and basil, and there’s much more to explore.
There is a 3-course Prix Fixe Luncheon available daily for $28. Happy Hours: 5 to 7 pm, Tuesday thru Thursday. Most wine by the glass about $15.
Le Sirene Ristorante • 1957 Palmer Ave., Larchmont • Reservations suggested. 914-834-8300 • www.lesireneristorante.com
Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years.