7 Dishes You Need to Try at Mediterraneo

The best items to order on the summer menu at this high-style White Plains restaurant.

At the intersection of Main Street and Renaissance Square in White Plains is one of the city’s best restaurants. The glass-walled, natural light-flooded space; stylish Italian furniture, view of the city’s downtown, and the polished menu of seafood-centric Mediterranean offerings make Mediterraneo a dining destination you’ll return to again and again (it was, in fact, #12 in our Top 38 Restaurants feature).

Albert DeAngelis, executive chef of Z Hospitality Group (Mediterraneo’s parent company with eight restaurants in Fairfield and Westchester) since 1993, along with Mediterraneo executive sous chef Matthew McNerney, have crafted a summer menu that utilizes lots of fresh produce, myriad spices, and influences from around the Mediterranean and beyond.

Corn, zucchini, tomato of all kinds, eggplant, figs, stone fruit, lobster, swordfish, wild striped bass, pork, squash blossoms, string beans, marjoram, mint, and basil are summer ingredients Chef DeAngelis favors. “I try to stay away from cream and butter as much as possible year round.”

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Here are the most delicious orders:

Cacio e pepe fries with a roasted garlic aioli

All photos by John Bruno Turiano

 

Crispy gnocchi salad with pluots and goat cheese

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Pan-roasted West Coast halibut with grilled summer vegetables

 

Sheep’s milk ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers

 

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Wood-fired pizza with Black Mission figs, caramelized onions, pancetta, burrata, baby arugula

 

Gemelli with sweet Italian sausage and roasted eggplant

 

Zucchini olive oil cake with marinated organic strawberries and mint gelato

 

Mediterraneo
189 Main St, White Plains
914.448.8800

 

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