Dining Scene News and Notes February 2017

Diners will no longer have to wait down the street at The Tavern for a table at the first-rate New England-style seafood restaurant Ocean House Oyster Bar (49 N Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, 914.271.0702; www.oceanhouseoysterbar.com). Owners Brian and Paula Galvin have renovated the tiny converted diner, so there’s a new vestibule/waiting area and 30 seats (up from 24), plus the former no-reservation policy has been replaced with a day-of call-ahead system (starts at 4:30 p.m., Tues through Sat). Other changes include a beer-and-wine license (New England brews, 10 wines-by-the-glass, and international bottles from $28-$54) and a terrace with 10 tables. Lunch is being considered for the spring, as well. 


Roasted artichokes and house-pulled mozzarella are just two of approximately 40 toppings offered at Pizzeria Veloce, the new fast-casual pizza-and-salad eatery in downtown White Plains.

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There are build-your-own 10-inch pizzas (less than $10) and salads (choice of green, dressing, and four toppings for $8) at the new counter-service Pizzeria Veloce (19 Court St, White Plains, 914.449.4444; www.pizzeriaveloce.com). Partner Peter Lombardo (of the same family who own Lombardo’s sit-down Italian restaurant at 1203 Mamaroneck Ave) explains the concept as “fast-casual personalized pizza and salads, using fresh, better-quality ingredients.” 


Regional grocery chain DeCicco & Sons opened their seventh store, on December 30, in Millwood (230 Saw Mill River Rd, 914.294.5700; www.deciccoandsons.com/millwood). The 20,000 sq ft store features a fresh-juice bar, craft-beer bar, from-scratch bakery, gourmet Italian deli, and green elements, like energy-efficient LED lighting and refrigeration cases with zero harmful emissions. (There are also six DeCicco Family Markets, a separate company, run by different family members.) 

DeCicco & Son’s latest store, in Millwood.

Nick Mazza, formerly in the kitchen at Crabtree’s Kittle House and a CIA alum, is now co-executive chef at The Peekskill Brewery (47-53 S Water St, Peekskill, 914.734.2337; www.peekskillbrewery.com). He joins Jon Miller, who has been with the brewery for nine months. 

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Danny and Robyn Santiago, owners of pizza-and-pasta specialist Villaggio Italiano (389 Central Ave, Hartsdale, 914.949.3427; www.villaggiosrestaurant.com), plan to open a second location this month, at 20 Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry.