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New Mamaroneck Restaurant Grabs Spot in Michelin Guide: Augustine’s Salumeria

By Kathy Savolt -

A relatively new Village restaurant got a lot of hype recently after it was selected to be included in the 2023 Michelin Guide. Looking for a way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, Len and I decided to give it a try.

We visited on a Sunday evening. Parking on Halstead Avenue was easy, and we entered the main dining room which was fairly busy. We had reservations and the staff greeted us warmly, leading us to the back room. As she seated us at a cozy table in front of the gas fireplace, the hostess wished us Happy Anniversary and told us we had the best table for the occasion. (Len reserved through Open Table and when prompted, included it was our anniversary.)

As we perused the menu, our waiter brought us two flutes of sparkling wine in celebration. The menu is contemporary Italian – a welcome change from the many Italian restaurants in the area. After hearing the list of specials, I ordered the salad special – four types of radicchio with shaved parmesan cheese and a Chardonnay vinaigrette, along with the gnocchi with wild boar ragout from the regular menu. Len ordered the Sunday Special – a bowl of pasta and a bowl of a variety of meat that had been cooking in the sauce all day. That special came with a side salad, also with the Chardonnay vinaigrette.

Everything was delicious and more than ample portion size. (I am not ashamed to say we brought leftovers home and had several more meals.) I thought the radicchio salad was too large for an appetizer, but it was so good I didn’t mind having it for lunch the next day. The radicchio leaves were also served whole and in a bowl, making them difficult to cut into bite size. The gnocchi were prepared perfectly, and the wild boar ragout was outstanding with deep, unctuous flavors. I would have liked a better proportion of gnocchi to sauce but the overall experience was not diminished in any way by the overabundance of the boar.

Len reported that his side salad and overall meal were superb and again, I did get to taste some of the sauce later in the week so I was able to confirm.

Throughout the meal, service was spot on – not overpowering, not inadequate – just right. Our waiter, from Slovenia, brought Old World charm to the experience. The fireplace was a perfect touch – romantic without being stifling hot.

On the way out, we met the owners, Marc Taxiera and Brianne Myers, a lovely husband and wife team with many years in the restaurant business. Marc is the Chef and named the restaurant after his grandfather, Augustine. Brianne handles the front of the house. Chef Marc is passionate about using the best ingredients and showcasing them with minimal processing. The menu is seasonal and much of it locally sourced. According to their website, Brianne’s motto is “Service is best when it is felt and not forced.”

My only regret – I didn’t order dessert. Next time – oh, yes, we’ll be back.

The total bill (one appetizer, one glass of wine, two entrees, tax and tip) came to just over $120, which is comparable to area restaurants where the food might not be quite as good.

Location 213 Halstead Avenue. Parking on street or around the corner in the Phillips Park Rd lot
Contact Phone 914-315-6541

Hours Lunch: Wednesday – Friday 12 noon – 3:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Brunch on weekends: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 3 pm
Closed: Mondays

Vegetarian options available
Available for private parties

1 Comment

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Feb 17, 2023

Enjoyed the restaurant review! Everything was covered, the food, the seervice and price. I might have to try it. Thank you for the link to their website and address. Good job and Happy Anniversary!!

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