Hello, guest blogger Danielle Plass again, (with help from guest photographer Kelli Wells) with a write up for Luciano’s Italian Restaurant in Yonkers. Located on busy Central Avenue, Luciano’s is a small, stand alone Italian restaurant on the strip. Thankfully they offer valet parking as the parking lot is very small.
Walking through the doors, one is immediately brought back to a time of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin…a large, darkly lit room, cloth-covered tables, mirrored walls and a wall filled with racks and racks of wine. There is a small dance floor and when we arrived (our reservation was for 6pm on a Friday night) they were setting up the evening’s live entertainment, which in fact featured…..Sinatra and Martin. It was quite charming and nostalgic.
I have to admit, I was not initially impressed with the restaurant week menu offerings, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality and freshness of our food.
To begin, we ordered the Clams Marina, which consisted of two enormous clams stuffed with fresh baby shrimp and breadcrumbs…. very yummy. We ate every bite and sopped up all the sauce with bread. Speaking of the bread, it is worth mentioning how good it was…. crisp, flavorful and served warm, we devoured three basketfuls!
For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Vesuvio. I have to say, with no exaggeration, the chicken was the most tender piece of chicken I have ever had. The dish consisted of two large cutlets, topped with a very thin slice of fried eggplant, with melted mozzarella cheese in a mild tomato sauce. The portion was so big, I couldn’t finish the whole thing, though I wanted to! It was accompanied by a potato croquet, of which I am normally not a fan, but it was breaded and fried perfectly, with a warm fluffy potato center.
Desert also didn’t disappoint…the chocolate mousse cake was so large, it was big enough for two to share. I must confess I expected it to be flavorless because of the size, but I was wrong, the mousse was light and airy and the chocolate was smooth and sweet.
Overall, the experience was quite enjoyable…if you are looking for an authentic Italian meal, in cozy, old fashioned Italian atmosphere….Luciano’s is the place to go.