Supper at Mima in Irvington

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It had been quite a while since I visited Mima in Irvington, so a couple of Fridays ago, I took my book to the bar and had some wine while I waited for my friend to finish putting her children to bed so she could sneak out and meet me (don’t worry; her husband was home!).

I got a little peckish, and, knowing my friend would be coming to help, I ordered the five-by platter of meat and cheese.

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed sitting at the bar alone, sipping my wine, reading A Moveable Feast (longing to be back in Paris as a 24-year-old!) and nibbling on some great charcuterie. We have, from the left, two cheeses — caciota di tartufi and piave vecchio — and three meats: mortadella, porchetta and speck. Mima has three-ounce pours of wine, so I got to try a couple while I waited.

After a while, my friend arrived, and we decided on two appetizer and two half-orders of pasta. It was warm out this evening, so my friend went for the gazpacho.

This is one of those half-smooth, half-chunky versions, and I really liked it. I got the eggplant polpetti with ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes:

This dumbfounded me. How could little balls of eggplant be so tasty? So crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and the tomato sauce was so good I sopped up every last bit.

For my pasta, I got the carbonara:

It’s on the menu as spaghettini, farm fresh egg, black pepper, onion, smoked bacon. Good stuff.

My friend got a special:

I can’t remember all that was in it, but it’s fettucini, I believe, with ham and peas and a cream sauce. Yeah. It’s decadent. And delicious.

The room was crowded, but except for one rather boisterous table, the volume was quite acceptable:

All in all, another great meal at Mima. If you, like me, haven’t been in a while, get back and give it a try. And don’t forget about it next time!

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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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