Don Tommaso’s Bistro Italiano Opens in Yorktown Heights

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Yorktown’s Tom Cuomo says his new restaurant is a tribute to old-school Italian dining — which explains the charming checkered tablecloths. Oh, and the Italian music playing softly in the background, and, yes, the authentic Italian dishes on the menu.

Don Tommaso’s is named after Cuomo’s father, Tommaso Cuomo, who owns the restaurants Pizza Beat in Yonkers and Grappolo Locanda in Chappaqua. Cuomo, the younger, says the new restaurant blends the casual vibe of Pizza Beat and the high-end service and atmosphere of Grappolo Locanda.

There’s a bar area that seats 20, a main dining area that seats 75 and an outdoor dining area that seats 24. Menu items, which start at $9, are all priced below $30 — except for the “Don Luigi” (a Fiorentina-style grilled 32-ounce porterhouse steak, with a choice of potato and vegetable), which costs $79. “We try to offer everyone an option,” Cuomo says. The restaurant also pours 17 Italian wines by the glass. — Story and photo by Latoya West

Details: 334 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights. 914-302-7900, www.dontommasos.com. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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