By Laurance Baschkin
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. — Visit Di Nardo’s Ristorante Italiano and you may think you are dining in southern Italy. Opened in 1974 as a family business, it has become one of the most popular Italian restaurants in all Westchester.
With each meal prepared by owner-chef Frank Salvi and his talented staff, you immediately have the sense of what the word “fresh” really means. Each selection on the menu has only the best ingredients to provide true flavor.
“Our success is from providing customers with only natural ingredients,” Salvi said. He points out that his pizza is also top quality using only the freshest of ingredients. “Even our tomato sauce includes the best sea salt, garlic and basil” he adds.
And if you are craving a Di Nardo’s pizza, you will have to pick it up. Salvi and his family are way too busy to be making deliveries.
The best part about Di Nardo’s is you do not have to limit your choice to what is on the menu. If in the mood for something special, Salvi will gladly fulfill your request. I suggest Chicken Scarpiello on the bone. You will be in culinary heaven before you can hum a few bars of ‘O sole mio’.
Each year, Di Nardo’s is closed for two weeks in August. This allows Salvi to visit Italy to take in the latest recipes so he can bring back from the old country everything he wants you to enjoy.
Try to get a table on a Friday night without a reservation and you may have to wait at the bar to find out why their wine selection is also one of the best in the area. Even the owners of Kittle House have complimented Frank and the range of wines he offers to his customers.
What brings together great food and outstanding wine at Di Nardo’s is the regional selection offered each month. For September, the region is Calabria, the of the Italian peninsula where Chef Salvi originally comes from. This month he prepares a delicious baked swordfish complemented by a bottle of Librandi Ciro.
If you insist on a meal that makes you feel any closer to Italy, call Alitalia. Di Nardo’s is at 76 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge and the phone number is 914-764-4024.
Laurance Baschkin is a Pound Ridge resident.