Pranzi Opens in White Plains

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Though the name means lunch in Italian, Pranzi, the new restaurant on the ground floor of Trump Tower at City Center, offers midday fare, dinner and a bar, too. The sleek ristorante, which opened on May 23, is the handiwork of Robert Luiso, who also owns Churrascaria Copacabana in Port Chester.

Manager Christopher Rifilato says “the back dining room is for clientele who want to enjoy great wine and a great meal,” while the Euro-style counter up front offers panini, salads and Italian sodas What’s on the menu? Chef Carmine Paglia is serving several signature dishes. For starters, try the Insalata Di Moscardino — baby octopus salad with peppers, olives, celery, parsley, olive oil and lemon, for $12. The Mediterranean black bass comes with shrimp, scallops and clams for $26.

Details: 8 City Center, White Plains. 914-328-4000, www.pranzirestaurant.com. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

— Story and photo by Jessica Rao

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