Dario Gaite has opened Route One Family Style Ristorante on Boston Post Road in Larchmont. It is at the same site that previously housed La Riserva, the long-running classic Italian restaurant. Gaite also operates La Spezia, a 4-year-old family-style Italian restaurant in Sea Cliff, Long Island.
The dining rooms at Route One have been beautifully refurbished: resplendent with new white tiled bar, artworks, plush new dark wood floors, seating, chairs and tabletops. The ceiling is a lush red with new lighting fixtures.
According to Gaite, the kitchen prepares all orders ‘at the moment’ to assure freshness. All dishes can be ordered for one, with larger platters for two or more, as if it was ‘Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s’. Be seated in the lovely multi-section dining room and let the staff suggest such starting specialties as: Zuppa di Clams or Mussels in a red or white sauce; Antipasto Salad, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, onions, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, salami, provolone, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, black and green olives, house dressing; Fried Calamari with dipping sauce; or Seafood Salad, calamari, scungilli, shrimp, mussels, clams in a house dressing.
Signature pastas include choice of Linguine, Capellini, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Fettuccine or Penne prepared in a variety of styles. Vodka: creamy pink sauce; Red or White Clam Sauce; Meatballs & Sausage, available Sundays only; Amatriciana, pancetta, onions, red sauce; Pacceheri del Giorno, fresh pasta pillows, sautéed shallots, prosciutto, assorted mushrooms, cream sauce.
Hearty main courses include: Chicken Limone, pounded thin with lemon sauce; Veal Sorrentino, topped with prosciutto, eggplant, mozzarella, brown sauce; Shrimp alla Spezia, battered, served over burnt string beans; Chicken Scarpariello, on or off the bone, homemade veal sausage, roasted potatoes, onions, broccoli, roasted red peppers, with garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, lemon juice; Veal Chop Valdostana, pounded thin, breaded and topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and marsala sauce; or Shrimp Luciano, white wine, garlic, butter, touch or tomato sauce, served over spinach. A variety of supplementary sides are available, too.
Carnivores might enjoy such house specialties as: Prime Aged Porterhouse, for one or two; Boneless Shell Steak, for one or two; Lamb Chops, or American Grilled Veal Chop, all served with vegetable.
Route One Ristorante is located at 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, N.Y. The restaurant is open for dinner only: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays, except for private parties. Main courses at dinner: $20.75 to $48 (Family-Style). Bar & Cocktails. Kid’s Menu. Private catering facilities for up to 60 guests. Take-out. Major credit cards. Free parking. Proper casual dress. Handicapped access. Reservations accepted. Phone: 914-834-5584. Fax: 914-833-0652. www.route1restaurant.com La Spezia, Long Island:
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food & dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)