Hello, I’m guest blogger Araceli Piña and I’m back from my second dinner during HVRW! “Delicious”, “great” and “highly recommend” were just a few of the comments I heard back from friends when I mentioned I was going for dinner at Rosie’s Bistro Italiano in Bronxville. Such encouragement from my local peers made me wait eagerly for my reservation, I could not wait to try Rosie’s for myself.
Finally the much anticipated Sunday arrived and I made my way through charming Bronxville. Rosie’s entrance is clean, simple and most importantly inviting, with its brightly colored red doors. My mother and I were sat in one of the tables by the window. The inside of the restaurant was lit dimly, almost romantically. The restaurant was quite busy, however the tranquil setting did not allow for the noisiness to overwhelm or distract the diners from their meals and friends. Rosie’s Bistro almost makes you feel as if you are the only table there for dinner, in the sense that you do not have to interrupt your dinner while you attempt to make eye contact with a server in need of something. Our waitress and support staff were constantly checking on us, refilling our water glasses, asking if we cared for more bread or another cocktail. Our waitress was genuinely kind with a warm friendly smile. She guided us through the restaurant week menu, recited the daily dinner specials with such ease . Every dish on the regular dinner menu looked delicious and worth coming back for.
We ordered from the HVRW menu the Baked Clams Oreganata and Mela Salad. The clams were seven silky little necks baked with Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and pancetta, served over a lemon white wine sauce. They were seasoned, baked and perfectly paired with the sauce that offered a slight hint of tartness that brought out the flavor in the clams.
My mom order the Mela salad, chopped iceberg with diced green apples, golden raisins and pecans dressed with a honey gorgonzola dressing. I was too busy enjoying my clams to notice that my mother was a few bites from finishing her salad that I had yet to try. In exchange for a taste of her salad, I had to give up one my my clams for her to try. The exchange was worth it. The diced apples and pecans gave the salad a nice texture and crunch, the honey gorgonzola had a nice balance of both, sweet and salty. The Mela salad is a must try item on their menu. The other appetizer selections was the Antipasto Dilusso with a caprese salad with homemade mozzarella and tomato, sopresatta, olives and vegetables.
For the main course I selected the roasted Fillet of Sole with shaved zucchini and toasted pignoli nuts. The dish was served with risotto primavera and a tomato white wine sauce. I enjoyed the creaminess of the risotto.My fillet was cooked properly and the sauce added a nice richness to the dish.
My mom ordered the Yankee Pot Roast, beef braised in tomato au jus until tender, served with a side of peas and mashed potatoes. I made a point to try her dish before getting lost in my own. The beef was so tender, the presence of a steak knife was not even required. The peas were nicely cooked and the mashed potatoes were light and full of flavor.
Also on the restaurant week menu was the Seafood Pasta “Posillipo” which was described as linguine tossed with shrimp and scallops in a tomato white wine sauce. The fourth and last option for an entrée on the HVRW menu was the Chicken Scarpariello, chicken sautéed with mushrooms, sausage, cherry peppers, and fresh rosemary and mashed potatoes, this was my second choice for an entree, perhaps next time I will try this.
For dessert there were three options, homemade Gelato or Sorbetto of the day, Torta di Formaggio a, New York style cheesecake or a Torta di Cioccolata, a homemade chocolate espresso cake served warm with white chocolate gelato. We chose the cheesecake and chocolate espresso cake. A great dessert is always the best way to end an amazing dinner and night. Both of our desserts were decadent and indeed, were the perfect way to finish a fantastic meal at Rosie’s.
Rosie’s Bistro Italiano is a restaurant I would and will recommend to my friends. And to those friends that recommended Rosie’s to me, I agree with all their positive comments on Rosie’s. If you cannot make it this year for restaurant week, Rosie’s regularly menu is priced fairly, so do not wait a year to try dinner here.