Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Spring: taking in another delicious lunch at Village Social in Mt. Kisco

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About a month ago I visited Village Social, in Mt. Kisco with my fellow blogger Margaret Rizzuto. For Christmas this year Larry got me a new camera for my food pictures and she offered to help me figure out all the bells and whistles. Village Social not only is a beautiful restaurant, but boasts a huge wrap around picture window that allows the light to stream into the space. Perfect for picture taking and composition. Along with all that beauty, the food is extraordinary. With my special Bella Cucina Maria helpers Ana and Krista in tow I decided I would be taking in another delicious lunch at Village Social with them. (100 points!)

The HVRW menu offered had a great selection, but they also have weekly lunch specials in addition to a robust regular menu. There is literally something for every taste. We ended up doing a combination of all three. Starting us off we tried two HV beers, Defiant IPA and Captain Lawrence. I’m not a typical beer drinker, generally red wine, but when I do I tend to lean to the lighter variety, and in this case the Captain Lawrence, which was great. The girls opted for the slightly darker and richer IPA. (50+50+50 points)

One appetizer I am completely enamored with with Shishito Peppers. I just adore them. Flash fried in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with a crunchy sea salt, it gives me a little shiver just thinking about them. The best part? One in every ten is ever so spicy … a Russian Roulette experience.

I’m a big fan of combining cheese and nuts, and their Goat Cheese Pistachio Pizza hits the mark. The crust was thin, crisp and a bit chewy – a great combination. Topped with Coach Farm goat cheese we garnered another 50 points!

More after the jump … 

For my appetizer I chose the simple Roasted Beet Salad with a local whipped ricotta (50 points) and crunchy roasted hazelnuts. The beets were tender and just a little past al dente. The combination of the beet, creamy ricotta and crunchy nuts were a match made in heaven. For my main course I opted for the Seafood Linguini (above) with a wide array of ingredients including, mussels, clams and shrimp. All tossed together in a zingy light Lemon Creme Fraiche sauce (another 50 points!).

I encouraged the girls to try the Nutella Banana Pizza, absolute “must-have” if you are a nutella lover. Ooey-gooey and nutty served over there perfect pizza crust.

My dessert option was the Chocolate Torte with a Hudson Valley ice cream (yay, another 50 points!) The cake was dense and wet and simply divine. There is nothing better with a cake like that than a perfectly flavored vanilla ice cream.

Our server Miguel could not have been nicer and more attentive. Giving us the 411 on all the local ingredients used and generally recommending some great lunch options. (50 points)

I was also really excited to have the opportunity to meet the Chef, Mogan Anthony, and be able to thank him in person. Every dish was not only beautifully composed but filled with amazing flavor combinations. (100 points!)

Not only did I rack up the points on this outstanding meal, but I was able to tack on another 100 for eating that evening at Half Moon! If you’ve never made it there, get it on your bucket list. It’s a great destination for lunch or dinner in Mt. Kisco.

Buon appetito!

 

 

 

 

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Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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