Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bella Luna Ristorante

Ahhhh, Bella Luna Ristorante...Dean Martin songs come to mind...that's Amore...
This gem has only been open for 5 weeks and already there is a steady stream of people coming in filling up the tables. By word of mouth, at least that's how we heard about it, the restaurant has a following for good food in a friendly atmosphere with reasonable prices. The formula is very simple at Bella Luna,  serve great tasting food at reasonable prices, serve it with a smile and make everyone happy! 
If you like hot peppers ask for the roasted peppers with onions. The onions were so sweet and the peppers were deliciously hot.  I ate most of them and loved every wave of heat delivered with each bite!

We started our meal with a tri color salad and a couple of pasta dishes. We just wanted to taste as much as we could!
tri color salad with gorgonzola 

homemade pappardelle with lobster and spinach

homemade cavatelli with escarole, beans and sausage
The salad was crisp and the pasta's were amazing.  
After we had indulged in our first courses we moved on to the main event. 
The menu is extensive. There was so much to choose from. Decisions were hard to make. When everything looks so good you want it all! We knew that we would be back soon, so we were in control!
One of the specials tonight was a soft shell crab. We both love soft shell crabs. Bring it! Pan fried in a lemon and white wine sauce they were sweet and tender! 
soft shell crabs in a lemon and white wine sauce

There is nothing better than a great dish of Pork chops with hot and sweet vinegar peppers. The dish was a winner. I thought about only eating one of the pork chops and bringing the other one home but couldn't help myself! Before I knew it, my dish was empty with nothing to bring home. The pork chops were served with a lovely side of sauted escarole. We had a choice of potato, pasta or vegetable and decided on the vegetable. We also ordered a side of Broccoli Rabe. Both sides were perfectly cooked and seasoned well. 
Pork chops with Hot and Sweet Vinegar Peppers

Broccoli Rabe
Unfortunately Steve and I were too full to try anything from the Dessert menu. We were told that most items were made in the house. I wish we had room for something a little sweet at the end of our meal because based on the rest of our meal it could only have complimented what we had. I will definetely be saving room for the homemade cheesecake next visit!

Bella Luna does not have it's liquor license yet, so for now it's BYOB.

If you go, tell Ralph that The Food Crawl sent you! 

Bella Luna Ristorante
861 Midland Avenue
Yonkers, New York
914 751-5588

Buon Appetito

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