Piccolo Mulino – A Local Jewel Serving Authentic Italian Food
By Cindy Goldstein -
A recent chilly, drizzly evening seemed the ideal time to visit Piccolo Mulino. My husband and I hadn’t dined inside in years and were very pleased to see the simple décor was handsome and the room was clean and bright. It was a perfect night for pasta and Piccolo Mulino was the perfect choice.
We were greeted warmly by the waitstaff who were attentive but unobtrusive. The menu is quite extensive, and it took a little time to make our choices.
The Piccolo Mulino house salad was terrific with mixed lettuces, provolone cheese, red peppers, olives, and red onions. It was a large portion and perfect for sharing – next time I will ask for a few more shards of the provolone!
There were so many pastas to choose from, but I finally settled on the Capellini Primavera – thin spaghetti with mixed vegetables and a light tomato sauce. It was delicious and I had enough to take home for lunch the next day. The pasta was cooked perfectly, and the tomato sauce provided good flavor, yet the broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms could still shine through. Steve ordered the gnocchi with fresh peas, mozzarella cheese and Bolognese sauce. It was also a large portion; it quickly soothed the night’s chill.
For dessert a lovely tartufo had a thin dark chocolate shell and wasn’t so frozen that you couldn’t easily take a spoonful. The salad, two pasta entrees and one dessert came to $85 including tax but before tip.
Piccolo Mulino’s menu has something for every appetite – they also have a lunch special on weekdays. And if you are catching a show at the Emelin, Piccolo Mulino is perfectly located!
The proprietor, Victor Zhinin, opened the restaurant over 20 years ago - it was his pride and joy. Tragically, Victor died of COVID early in the pandemic and his family runs the restaurant in his honor. The food has been consistent and excellent through all these years.
Location: 136 Mamaroneck Avenue
Street parking on Mamaroneck Avenue/public lots on Prospect Avenue and at 153 Library Lane (under the Emelin Theater)
Tuesday – Thursday 3 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday - noon to 10 pm
Sunday – 3 pm to 9:30 pm