Pick Your Perfect Pesto Dish From These Westchester Eateries

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Do you think the green stuff makes everything better? Find it in appetizers, pastas, pizzas, and more at eateries across the 914.

What’s not to love about pesto? The green stuff is like magic when it comes to culinary creations. On pastas, it becomes a creamy sauce, while it serves as an ideal base for pizzas and sandwiches. Plus, did we mention the variety of pestos on the market? Sure, you can stick with the classic green, basil-packed variety. When browsing the aisles (or making it yourself), however, consider switching things up with herby additions like parsley and mint or go out of the box with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. The sky’s the limit!

Presto! Pesto Appetizers

Horsefeathers

94 North Broadway, Tarrytown; 914.631.6606

The sometimes spooky but always delicious Horsefeathers in Tarrytown serves up a sweet seafood appetizer with everyone’s favorite basil-packed condiment. The Stonnington scallops are pan-seared with tartar and pesto and so good you’ll want to buy one of the Horsefeathers hoodies on your way out.

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Or for something completely different, ask for a side of pesto and slather it all over your fries. Can we get a YUM?

Pesto Pasta Dishes That Are Worth Every Penne

L’inizio

698 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley; 914.693.5400

We’re pasta-tive L’inizio serves the smoothest and most picturesque pesto pasta dish this side of the Arno. The pesto casarecce, featuring arugula-basil pesto, shrimp, and asparagus, is made in-house daily and locally sourced, like so much of the menu at this Rivertown gem — and the zested panko crumbs up top take it, well, over the top!

 

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Tredici North

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.997.4113

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This pasta dish needs gnocchi into your heart (see what we did there?). It’s house-made pesto gnocchi with julienned zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus tips, spring peas, and slow-roasted heirloom tomatoes, and it’s out of this world.

 

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The Pesto Part of Dinner Is the Entrée

Angelina’s

97 Lake Ave, Tuckahoe; 914.779.7944

At Angelina’s Ristorante of Tuckahoe, each of the four dining rooms has a unique look and atmosphere, and luckily you can dine on the eggplant Genovese in all of them. Stuffed with ricotta and spinach, it’s served in a dreamy pesto cream sauce.

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Mulino’s

99 Court St, White Plains; 914.761.1818

If you’re a firm believer in the notion that pesto, pasta, and protein comprise the most balanced and most delicious main course, then the braciola di maiale is a go. It features a Berkshire Farm stuffed pork chop with prosciutto di parma, roasted peppers, garlic, gruyere cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, all served in a light pesto sauce.

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Pesto-licious Pizzas

Il Bacio Trattoria

1 Park Pl, Bronxville; 914.337.4100

Expect nothing less than fresh ingredients, fairly priced wine, and flavorful pesto at Il Bacio in Bronxville. The pasta dish here features ricotta-infused cavatelli pasta, Genovese basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, and pancetta. The recipe, like much of the menu, is meant to honor traditional Italian cuisine and especially highlight the region of Frosinone.

Moderne Barn

430 Bedford Rd, Armonk; 914.730.0001

Pizza cravings are more than welcome in Westchester and, if plain and classic is your pizza style, try the basil pesto pizza from Moderne Barn. Although simple, this pizza from the family-owned eatery in Armonk is far from run-of-the-mill. Each sizzling slice has a wonderfully crisp crust and is topped with bold beefsteak tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, and, of course, pesto.

Exit 4 Food Hall

153 East Main St, Mount Kisco; 914.241.1200

Exit 4 Food Hall puts together the perfect summer “pizza” in the form of a flatbread with thin-sliced mortadella, burrata, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, pesto, and a balsamic drizzle. Get it while it’s hot!

This Pesto Dish Is on a Roll

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Rd; North Salem; 914.485.1210

Apple cider donuts aren’t the only delicious treats Harvest Moon has to offer. Appreciate the fresh air and landscape views while munching on not one, but two pesto sandwiches on the menu. The grilled veggie panini features zucchini, eggplant, peppers, onions, pesto mayo, and mozzarella on sourdough. The black bean burger is stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion, and sun-dried tomato pesto on brioche.

The Pesto Part of Waking up

The Granola Bar

96 Purchase St, Rye; 914.709.4229

If you’re like us and think that a good brekkie is the best reason to get out of bed, then check out this scrumptious scramble. It’s a soft egg, scrambled, and served on Tuscan toast with, you know it, pesto.

 

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This Homemade Pesto Will Have You Feeling Saucy

Pick up one of these homemade sauces for a ­­quick and delish dinner at home.

A&S Pork Store

1789 Central Park Ave, Yonkers; 914.337.2550

Katonah Pasta

28 Valley Rd, Katonah; 914.401.9045

Trotta

790 Commerce St, Thornwood; 914.769.8977

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