From Italy, via Nyack


My favorite dish at Rossano Giannini’s <a href=”” target=”_blank”> Lanterna Tuscan Bistro </a> in Nyack is the Parmesan basket salad. It comes with arugula and other lettuces inside a basket made of Parmigiano cheese, topped with proscuitto and garnished wtih goat cheese.

On the menu, it’s listed in Italian as Cestino di Parmigiano. Here’s a photo one of our photographers, Mark Vergari, shot in 2001 for a story on salads.

It’s a perfect hot weather dish. So I was happy for you — Sound Shore residents — to hear that Giannini opened a Lanterna in Larchmont last week at 147 Larchmont Ave. (Call 914-834-8700.) I mean, who wants to turn on the oven this week?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Having just come back from Lucca,Italy I can see why Chef/Owner Rossano Giannini food is so wonderful and exciting. For truly “REAL” Italian food prepared by a TRUE Italian Lanterna Tuscan Bistro is the only place to go if you are not able to jump on a plane and travel to Italy. He is having a great Wine Diner and Italian Art Show Sept 13 at 7:30 PM. Great wine, great food and meet the artist Marv Alpert.

  2. hey new event at lanterna east i made my reservation allready Truffles from Piemonte and wines great menu
    Rossano is always the best to organize events with great food and wine thx see you at lanterna east larchmont ciao

  3. For the best REAL authentic Tuscan (from Lucca) go to Lanterna Tuscan Bistro. They now have two outstanding restaurants, one in Nyack (the original) and a new one in Larchmont! The food is superb, fresh and Italian wine selections are some of the best in the area! Also the ambiance is wonderful, elegant but quaint and informal and the Italian art work helps to set the real Tuscan atmosphere.. check it out while waiting for the parmigiana, Prosciutto salad basket…their signature appetizer.. When you want REAL Italian food this is the place to go!

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