The city of Port Chester, NY is a city where you will never go hungry. In Port Chester you can find anything from hole-in-the-wall South and Central American takeout to Brazilian rodizio to pizza places to Mario Batali-owned restaurants. That meant when it came time to celebrate Mom's big landmark birthday this year, it made sense to stay in the neighborhood. Last week we celebrated the birthday with friends (go two posts down for the cake). This week it was time for the family to really celebrate.
We chose Arrosto, a relatively new restaurant that recently had the seal of approval from The New York Times.
This building has housed a few different restaurants over the years, although they have always been Italian ones in my memory. From the outside it's a very attractive place with red awnings and plenty of outdoor tables.
Inside it's sleek and simple with lots of wood and wine bottles on the walls.
There is a small portion of the kitchen that's open, so you can see the chef finishing dishes and seeing the signature grilled meats.
We had 12 people so they wouldn't give us a table unless we had a very early reservation. They treated us well though. When SPP and I arrived with his mother and her friend, not everyone arrived and the baskets of bread were already laid out. We had crusty bread and breadsticks and foccaccia. Instead of butter we had some white bean dip (although they did end up bringing us butter upon request).