“It’s Old World Italian with a new vibe.”
That’s how chef and co-owner Tommy Calandrucci describes his newest venture, Stone Fire.
The two-floor Italian restaurant in Mount Kisco opened in December at 251 Lexington Ave. The eatery features industrial fixtures, wood-paneled walls and a wood-fired pizza oven in the rear. Menu items range from strip steaks and branzino to a deconstructed lasagna.
“When you see it, it looks cool and fresh, but when you taste it, it has that real flavor of old school,” Calandrucci said of the restaurant’s offerings. “We’re bringing back some of that peasant food and giving it a New World twist.”
On a recent visit, WAG was wowed by an order of truffle macaroni and cheese, a delectable appetizer that paired a light, creamy white sauce with house-made noodles. A chicken Parmesan entrée was lightly breaded and served with a fresh tomato sauce and a thick slice of melted mozzarella. The dish was accompanied by a separate plate of buttered noodles, again homemade, and again delicious. Finally, we ordered a rustico pizza from the eatery’s menu. Spicy saucy, broccoli rabe and roasted garlic mingled to produce another flavorful delight.
Calandrucci owns the restaurant with longtime business partner, Gianni Piccolino. The two also operate Sunset Cove in Tarrytown and nearby Basilico at 293 Lexington Ave. in Mount Kisco.
“Mount Kisco has been this foodie hot spot for the last couple years,” Calandrucci said. “We’ve looked at this location for years, because our pizza shop is right over there,” gesturing to Basilico, which sits just a block from the newest restaurant.
At Stone Fire, the co-owners said everything is made onsite, from the handmade noodles to the cordials used in their eclectic mix of cocktails.
“We do it for the quality,” Calandrucci said. “And with our quality, there’s no comparison.”
For more, visit stonefireny.com.
– Aleesia Forni