Mike Casarella and Tommy Stratis, owners of Goldfish in Ossining and Casa Rina in Thornwood, have turned the former Tino’s Villa in Hawthorne into The Stone Manor 101, a 14,000-square-foot Mediterranean steakhouse and catering hall. They’ve completely renovated the building from top to bottom, creating a chic modern ambiance that embraces nods to the space’s 180-year history.
Take the bar area. A wooden beam from the building’s original floor serves as the mantel atop a rustic fireplace assembled from reclaimed stone. The original oak bar is still here but has been cut in half — the other half is now downstairs in the catering hall. From molded oak beams above the bar hang modern bubbled-glass pendant lights.
The restaurant’s dining area has been opened up from what was once several separate rooms. The “mezzanine,” a more private area that can be reserved for small groups, features a soundproof window to the kitchen. “We wanted to do the open kitchen look without the open kitchen noise!” says Casarella. Throughout the dining area, hand-carved oak tables stained a dark walnut are accompanied by sleek leather dining chairs. The dining room fireplace has a more industrial feel than the rustic one at the bar; it is surrounded by stucco and bluestone, with a riveted mirror above.
The restaurant’s menu focuses on steak with a Mediterranean flair, primarily influenced by Italy and Greece. Star side dishes include Stuffed Long Hots (roasted spicy peppers stuffed with ricotta), Artichoke Moussaka, Baked Eggplant, and classic roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
— Christine Gritmon
If you go …
The Stone Manor 101, 101 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne. 914-703-4112, www.TheStoneManor101.com.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday: 5-9 p.m. Sunday.