Casa Brusco in Eastchester

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There’s been some buzz about Casa Brusco in Eastchester. I’ve had several emails recently from readers looking for information, and there have been mentions on chowhound that it might be closing.

Jeanne Muchnick recently reviewed it in InTown Westchester, and loved it.

This classic Italian restaurant, with its large windows overlooking the street, handsome décor, and artsy wine-posters, not only delivers an elegantly casual atmosphere, but creative, delicious food at reasonable prices (try $16 for an entrée) that will have you planning your next visit, even as you pay the check.

But not long after her review appeared, we got this email from a disgruntled customer who had a problem with a reservation. She didn’t eat there after all, so we don’ t know whether she would have liked the food.

In response to the great review that Casa Brusco Restaurant, Eastchester received in In Town Magazine, I made reservations for 8 people Saturday, October 4, 2008 for 7:30 pm.  All 4 couples arrived to the restaurant on time and had a drink at the bar while we waited for our table.  Well, the minutes began to tick by…7:45….7:55…8:00…8:10….8:20pm…..each time we checked with the hostess, we were told different things.  First, the table was being set up for us and then we were told that the people at our table hadn’t left yet.  Since we had not requested a specific table, we were confused.  Our party asked to be seated someplace else, anyplace else. The management would not or could not accomodate that request.  Needless to say, we walked out.  We ended up eating at one of our favorite restaurants, Pinocchio’s, also in Eastchester.  Personally, I will never attempt to eat at Casa Brusco again.  I don’t care how great the food is…my husband and I work very hard all week long and we look forward to good food and good service.  We had neither from Casa Brusco and I will make sure that I share this story with as many people as will listen…thank you….gina romeo

So what do you all think? I haven’t been yet, and I’d like to know.

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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.

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