Via Vanti!, which has taken over the Flying Pigâ€™s former spot at the Mount Kisco train station, is an authentic Italian cafÃ©. But thereâ€™s not a checked tablecloth, Chianti bottle or meatball sub in sight. Instead of offering massive portions, the eatery focuses on piccoli gusti, or â€œsmall tastes.â€ Salads, pizzas and breadless paninis are all the size of appetizers, filled with fine ingredients like sun-dried figs, taleggio cheese, speck (smoked pork) and bresaola (air-dried beef). All the dishes have kicky names, too: The Alfa Romeo, for instance, is a flatbread sandwich with capicolla, smoked mozzarella, oven-roasted tomatoes and tangy red onion ($11.95). As for the dÃ©cor, inspiration came from Italian institutions like the Dogeâ€™s Palace: The cafÃ©â€™s umber-colored floor is tiled in a pattern modeled after the Venetian palazzo. Thereâ€™s also selection of gourmet espresso or gelato, Italian wines and cocktails. 2 Kirby Plaza, Mount Kisco, 914-666-6400, viavanti.com. â€” Heather Salerno
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.