Now Open: Risotto in Thornwood

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Both the chef and the owner of Risotto used to work at Amalfi in Briarcliff — so if you like the soups, salads and homemade pastas there, you’re sure to be happy at this new incarnation of the former Crocitto’s La Casa Nostra in Thornwood. Owner Jack Palevic renovated the entire building, including stuccoing a brick facade and using brick tiling as an accent on the bottom of the light cappuccino-colored walls.

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Jack Palevic (standing) the owner of Risotto-Jack’s Italian Restaurant and Bar in Thornwood, with manager Stephanie Noll and chef Juan Culcay. (Seth Harrison/TJN )

During the day, manager Stephanie Noll leaves the cherry-oak stained tables bare, except for a piece of white paper, and at night, she dresses them up with white tablecloths. Chef Juan Culcay’s signature dish is, of course, risotto, and you’ll find seasonal variations such as artichoke-and-pea in the spring, or pumpkin in the fall.

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Filet of Sole Antica (Seth/TJN)

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Shrimp risotto. (Seth/TJN)

But the restaurant is also known for its lamb shank, short ribs and game meats, and lasagna and ravioli are also popular. In the summer, you can dine outdoors on the 24-seat patio.

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Both the chef and the owner of Risotto used to work at Amalfi in Briarcliff — so if you like the soups, salads and homemade pastas there, you’re sure to be happy at this new incarnation of the former Crocitto’s La Casa Nostra. Owner Jack Palevic  renovated the entire building, including stuccoed a brick facade and using brick tiling as an accent on the bottom of the light capuccino-colored walls. During the day, manager Stephanie Noll leaves the cherry-oak stained tables bare, except for a piece of white paper, and at night, she dresses them up with white tablecloths. Chef Juan Culcay’s signature dish is, of course, risotto, and you’ll find seasonal variations such as artichoke-and-pea in the spring, or pumpkin in the fall. But the restaurant is also known for its lamb shank, short ribs and game meats, and lasagna and ravioli are also popular. In the summer, you can dine outdoors on the 24-seat patio.

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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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