Posto 22, New Rochelle, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, 2012

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Welcome to Posto 22 Restaurant and Wine Bar, a delightful Italian Restaurant located on Division Street in New Rochelle.

Hi, my name is Susan Pava Nusbaum and I’m fortunate enough to be a guest blogger for this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Although I’ve been trained as a professional chef, this is my first experience as a reviewer. So it was with great anticipation and excitement that I arrived at Posto 22 on Friday night, head held high as though I was the next Gael Greene. Upon arrival, the place was abuzz with patrons laughing, conversing, and of course, ‘chowing down.’ I was ready for and expected a proper amount of ‘sucking up’ once the staff learned I was there to critique the restaurant for the Journal News. Boy was I wrong. I was treated like EVERYONE else… with courtesy, attention and care. And that told me this restaurant is truly here to stay.

Although Posto’s physical layout is a bit odd, the owner has created a setting and décor that is friendly, convivial, and cozy. There’s even a back room for larger parties, which in fact was the case when I was there on this evening.

Despite the crowd, our service was excellent, and the food even better! We started with an order of calamari that was delicately breaded and fried. The accompanying red sauce was flavorful and just a touch piquant. Not a morsel was left.

Next my guest had the fresh fettuccine in Alfredo sauce with chicken. I’m always a bit wary of ordering Alfredo sauce as it has a tendency to be heavy-handed and ‘gloppy.’ This was anything but. The sauce was light and flavorful, the chicken tender, and it made for a delicious main course. I, myself  had the bucatini Puttanesca, hollow pasta rods tossed with crushed tomatoes, roasted garlic, diced eggplant, olives, capers, white wine sauce & drizzled with an herb infused olive oil. In a word, delicious.

By now I’m filled to the gills. But seeing as how my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, I couldn’t resist dessert. Naturally I had to have the tartufo, a favorite of mine. I have sampled many in my day and this one stands out. The chocolate and vanilla gelato was smooth and creamy with great flavor, the hard chocolate shell, thick and crunchy. A perfect end to a deliciously satisfying dining experience.

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  1. You call yourself a food critic and you order a fried calamari???? I’ve dined with Gael Grenne and fried calamari has never passed her lips. You are obviously a poser and your opinion is worth every penny the “Journal News” paid you.

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