I am always looking for new places to explore in Weschester. From food to culture (and everything in between), there are so many cool things beyond to check out that always makes living here new and exciting. Food is by far one of my favorites to check out and recently had the chance to taste some of the summer offerings from Mediterrano White Plains and their farm-to-table coastal Mediterranean cuisine. And only being 30 minutes from Northern Westchester, it’s a great restaurant for a date-night spot or a family-night out with the kids.
As part of the Mediterrano family of restaurants (they also have locations in Norwalk and Greenwich), the White Plains location is centrally located and greets you with its impressive exteriors featuring large windows, looking out onto Main Street. This is also the prime spot for watching the White Plains ball drop during New Year’s Eve, which drops from a 235-foot crane at Main and Court streets.
Led by executive chef, Albert DeAngelis and executive sous chef Matthew McNerney, the summer menu was an incredibly creative menu featuring fresh flavors, produce and combinations as well as wines and cocktails to pair with each dish.
This started with pizza with goat cheese topped with zucchini, squash blossoms and heirloom tomatoes and a pizza with black mission figs, caramelized onions, pancetta, burrata, and baby arugula that was paired with glass of Sancerre and a Pinot Grigio.
We then enjoyed some flavorful Prince Edward Island Mussels, which was dosed in a yummy white wine and green harissa sauce. The grilled croutons and bread were perfect for dipping and soaking up these rich flavors.
One of my favorites was the crispy gnocchi salad with bitter greens, pluots and goat cheese that was paired with a California Zinfandel. I was really surprised by this dish as I don’t usually graviate towards gnocchi but it was incredible and unexpected that offered a nice contrast with the wine and bitter greens.
I also loved zucchini spaghetti with French lentils, tomato bruschetta and ricotta that I could have eaten all day long. While simple in nature, the combination of flavors and freshness made for an exciting (and healthy) dish that’s light for summer.
For pasta lovers, the gemelli with sweet Italian sausage, shallots, roasted eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella is a must-try.
As for main dishes, the pan roasted west coast halibut with caulilini and grilled summer vegetable paired with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon was amazing. I was also in love (seriously!) with their “cacio e Pepe” fries that was paired with a mouth-watering truffle aioli sauce that are great for sharing (or not!).
With a focus on seasonality and infusing rich flavors from the Mediterranean, it is clear that the team at Mediterraneo White Plains is passionate about food. Their creative summer menu will not disappoint, offering a diverse combination of offerings amongst its laid-back environment that will surely make for a memorable night out.
Mediterraneo White Plains
189 Main St
White Plains, NY 10601