An old favorite is new again in Armonk. Amore, which for 17 years had been on Main Street, moved into a renovated Tuscan-farmhouse-style space on Kent Place and upgraded its menu.
Already beloved for its casual, family-friendly setting and simple menu made with fresh ingredients, brothers Mark and Joe Mazzotta moved to the new location — a building they already owned but had been renting — to be a part of the revitalization that’s going on in Armonk.
“They just revitalized Main Street, they put a new square in with different shops, and it’s beautiful,” says Joe. “We said, ‘Why don’t we be a part of that? Let’s make something really great downtown!’”
Their new space is divided into four sections: a takeout area with a marble counter; a downstairs bar area with a lofted ceiling and original stained glass windows from the 1940s; a main dining room filled with warm woods, golden colored walls, and beautiful reclaimed brick; and a party room upstairs. In spring, they’ll grow herbs and vegetables and compost organic waste in a back garden. A stone terrazzo with an outdoor brick pizza oven will open in April, providing views of the brook that runs behind the restaurant. In spring, they’ll grow herbs and vegetables and compost organic waste in a back garden.
The menu, Joe says, is “all over the boot” of Italy. Pizzas are Rosse (“red sauce”) and Bianche (“no red sauce”) pies. The classic Bronx-style Neapolitan pizza is by far the most popular overall. Of the artisanal pies, the Amore Special, essentially chicken marsala on a pizza, is the signature.
Dough, sauce and fresh mozzarella are made in-house, and all toppings are fresh, never canned. All pizzas are offered on a choice of whole wheat, gluten-free, or thin crust and can be baked to order (light to well-done).
A new vegetarian section of the menu includes pasta primavera and the restaurant’s new veggie burger. The pasta menu — designated as “La Spaghetteria” — is mix-and-match, offering nine pastas and 13 sauces.
Regular entrees include a choice of chicken or veal prepared in the parmigiana, piccata, francese or marsala styles, veal bel paese (veal scallopini, eggplant, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella in a portobello-sherry demi-glace), and pesce della casa (Atlantic cod over broccoli rabe sautéed with roasted garlic and olive oil).
An affordable wine list is incorporated into the regular menu. “It’s more accessible than putting this big leather-bound, intimidating wine list in front of you; in Italy, wine is a part of the regular meal,” says Mark.
“We’re two brothers that have been in business for almost 30 years in this county. We’re passionate about what we do,” says Mark. “We’re really excited about reinventing ourselves in Armonk and unveiling a new image. All the people that have supported us over the past several years are really excited.”
If you go
Amore, 1 Kent Place, Armonk, 914-273-3535, http://www.amorearmonk.com/
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Great for: Big Groups, Cheap Eats, Date Night, Solo Dining, Take Out, Seasonal Menu, Kid Friendly, Meeting for a Drink, Outdoor Dining (Patio), Going Out on Mondays, Private Room, Romantic, Dinner with Grandparents, Vegetarians, Wine List