Caffe Azzurri (I had a misspelling as Cafe earlier), a New American restaurant with influences from the Mediterranean and Asia, will open Sunday in the spot that used to be Piave — and before that Cafe Meze.
Partners Jerry Colella and Michael Agrusa will serve an eclectic menu. Appetizers include clams or mussels with a Thai basil coconut curry and tuna tartare with avocado. Pastas include tortoloni with a wild mushroom sauce and Barolo wine veal ragout; and a squid ink linguine with calamari, clams and mussels. Two of the entrees are Chilean sea bas served with broccli rabe, Tuscan beans and a red pepper coulis; and a pan-seared, bone-in rib eye with wilted arugula and fingerling potatoes.
Cafe Azzurri will have a wine-bar and lounge where the bar and front dining area used to be in the old restaurants. There will be a hardwood floor, low tables and sofa seating, as well as 25 wines by the glass. The granite island that separates the two dining areas will be used for wine service, and the wines will be displayed there. The lounge will have a cafe menu with appetizers and small plate portions of the entrees on the regular menu.
There is also carpeting in the dining area now.
Cafe Azzurri, 20 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. 914-358-5248.