Fall Restaurant Preview: Mima


Excerpts from our upcoming dining preview, to be published in The Line on Friday.

I’m really excited about this one. I may become a regular.

Mima. Chef David DiBari of Zuppa in Yonkers — along with John Leggio and Robert Leggio — is opening a enoteca-trattoria-osteria in the spot where the Red Hat used to be in Irvington. He’ll serve the kind of food he likes to eat: big bowls of steaming pasta with a great glass of wine alongside. The restaurant is named after the nickname both DiBari and the Leggio cousins used to call their grandmothers (you pronounce it MEE-ma). The team will pull out the red banquettes and bring in rough-hewn wood tables to keep the comfortable, casual look. DiBari, who cites Lupa and ‘inoteca as inspirations, plans to surprise people with pastas, but keep the sauces familiar, such as his trecci alla carbonara, which is a braid- or twist-shaped pasta. The restaurant will serve late: til 1 a.m. on weekends. They’re shooting for a Nov. 15 opening. 63 Main St., Irvington.

— Liz Johnson


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, 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. Hi Liz:

    Thanks for the heads up. I frequent Zuppa in Yonkers and love the ambience and food. I am really excited to see what they are up to in the new Irvington location. I have one questions? Do you think people in Irvington will be dinning at 1:00am. Good luck to them!

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