If you haven’t been to Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant in White Plains, yous better get there pronto. From its namesake actor, who you’ll spot often with family or famous friends, to its authentic Italian cuisine, this old-school-meets-upscale restaurant is the real deal.
Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant debuted in Manhattan in 2015 to rave reviews, followed by a successful two-year run of A Bronx Tale: The Musical on Broadway and the opening of a second restaurant location in downtown White Plains in 2021. Chazz and his wife, Gianna, were instrumental in creating the menu alongside Chef Enko using recipes and techniques passed down from Gianna’s mother, Rose, of Campania, and Chazz’s mother and grandmother, both of Sicily. A genuine extension of Chazz and Gianna’s life and their home in Bedford (the risotto is Gianna’s specialty), the resulting dishes reflect old world Italian with a modern flare.
Chazz and Gianna dine at their establishment weekly despite busy schedules and nationwide tours, the latter of which Chazz recently departed on, performing A Bronx Tale: One Man Show to sold out audiences (don’t miss his Ridgefield show in December - it’s a must). The restaurant has a stellar reputation for its homemade pastas, fresh seafoods, and cooked to perfection steaks. Dishes range from traditional to vegetarian and lighter fare, and are always prepared using high quality ingredients with health in mind. “Chazz and I sometimes get the Chateaubriand for two,” says Gianna, “and we order it for the table when we’re dining with friends so they can enjoy it with us.”
Chazz’s favorite dish is the mushroom ravioli, and it’s no surprise that the most popular dinner item is A Bronx Tail, a playful spin on the one man show and the 1993 film that made Chazz a household name. This perfectly plated dish features fresh lobster tail with clams, mussels, and shrimp sautéed in a light spicy tomato sauce served with fettuccine. It pairs beautifully with the Sicilian Martini, made with Chazz’s BiVi Vodka, the first Sicilian vodka and masterfully handcrafted at an artisan distillery in Sicily. “We feel at home when we’re at the restaurant except I’m not the one doing the cooking,” laughs Gianna. “Italians want everyone to feel like they’re family and that’s the vibe you get when you walk in.”
The restaurant is open 7 days a week, lunch through dinner, offering valet and bookings for private parties, as well as special events including Chazz’s annual Cigar Night. Go for the five-star food, stay for the signature drinks (they rotate monthly), and experience the magic of Chazz Palminteri. Now yous can’t leave - it’s just that good.
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