Foodies Fusion Delights
By Morris Gut
DINING OUT– Downtown New Rochelle is undergoing major development and that usually draws a fresh new crop of dining options. Magno’s Grill on Centre Ave. opened a few weeks ago, and based on some dishes I’ve enjoyed here, it is a winner!
Self-taught chef/owner Angelo Magno had previously put his talents to work at such lauded kitchens at Tango Grill, Milonga and Gaucho Grill in White Plains.
My taste buds have been following him around for years. Now, he has joined forces with his brother Paz Magno, who had been cooking at Chatterbox 54 in Briarcliff, at his own 60-seat restaurant and bar, featuring fine versions of Italian and Argentinean classics.
Look for such flavorful starters as fresh made Empanadas with caramelized onions and ground beef; Eggplant Rollatini, oozing its decadent mixture of ricotta, mascarpone, spinach, mozarella and Cognac sauce; fresh Clams Oreganata; and Fried Calamari served with marinara sauce.
Fresh crisp salads include: Campo with baby kale, apples, pecans, shaved parmigiana and balsamic vinaigrette; or the Strawberry and Goat Cheese, with mixed greens, walnuts, strawberries, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette.
Main courses of pasta, fish, veal and pork include such beautifully plated specialties as: Magno’s knockout Paella, loaded with lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, chorizo, chicken and scallops over saffron rice;
Pork Osso Buco served with porcini risotto; a fine Stuffed Filet of Sole with crabmeat, shrimp, scallops, over broccoli rabe, scampi sauce; hearty house made Meat Lasagna; and such Italian basics as: chicken, veal or shrimp Francese, marsala, parmigiana, or Sorrentino style.
Carnivores will enjoy the hearty selections from the grill: Argentinean Parrillada, mixed grill with skirt steak, hanger steak, flat iron steak, shell steak, sausage, yucca, potatoes with tasty chimichurri sauce;
Mendozino Steak, flat iron cut with chorizo, mushrooms, caramelized onions and sliced potatoes; and Magno’s Shell Steak, tender 10 oz. steak served with roasted potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, shrimp with a scampi sauce.
There are a variety of sides ranging from sweet plantains, tostones, garlic mojito, to fried yucca with chipotle mayo.
You should not leave here without trying such desserts as: the smooth homemade Flan or Crème Brulee.
The lunch menu includes a variety of overstuffed Paninis, Wraps and Salads.
Special Hint: A seasonal outdoor patio will be opening at the rear of the restaurant.
Magno’s Grill is located at 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle. The kitchen is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
Main courses at lunch: $8.95 to $16.95. Dinner main courses: $15.95 to $36.95. Bar for cocktails; license pending. TV. Catering. Take-out. Major credit cards. Proper casual dress. Municipal parking. Handicapped access.
Reservations accepted. Phone: 914-235-0008 www.magnosgrill.com
HURLEY’S STEAKHOUSE & PUB
COMING TO NEW ROCHELLE!
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley is about to open a handsome 90-seat gastro-pub next to the Avalon complex offering such amenities as a cozy fireplace, dark wood & brick walls, separate bar/lounge and full-service dining room featuring such specialties as a seafood Raw Bar, Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and a loaded 10 oz. ‘Queen of the Sound’ prime beef Burger stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon on a brioche bun. Daily happy hours from 4 to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters.
Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal & valet parking. Hurley’s, 15 Division Street, New Rochelle. Phone: 914-738-6000. www.hurleyssteakhouse.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)