Last Licks is riht in the Rye Ridge Shopping Plaza by the Waldenbooks. We are frequently in the plaza to shop or to eat at the deli or pizza joint. The interior has a nice grouping of tables and is covered with sports memeorabilia ( some you can purchase). In the summer months there are some tables outside to sit and enjoy your ice cream. They have some interesting ice cream flavors to choose from such as Wise Guyz Cocolate and Strawberry Fields. They also make sundaes, cakes and sell pints to go.
Favorite Dish: Liz is a big fan of the Wise Guyz Chocolate Ice cream which is a Belgian chocolate. I like their Strawberry Fields ice cream on a cone. The cones are piled high with three scoops for only $3.50.
Rye Ridge Deli is amazingly enough part of a small chain with locations in Rye Brook and in Stamford. We've visited both locations but I do enjoy the location in Rye Brook better.
We go here about two to three times a month to eat either by ourselves or with Liz's parents. They have an extensive menu of hot and cold sanwiches, salads, desserts, cookies, chips,soups, burgers, hot dogs, knish, breakfast items, and entrees. The food here is always good whether we dine in or take out. The staff is friendly and service is quick even when it's packed with customers. The seating area is an average size with some comfy booths and tables. We like to hop in our favorite corner booth by the window when we eat here.
Since we a "regulars", they recognize us and almost know what we want before we do. I normaly order the roast beef on rye with horseradish with a knish and a rootbeer. The pickles they put on the table are out of this world good and Liz and I can fish the entire bowl ourselves.
Favorite Dish: I usually will get some combination of the following: Roast beef on rye bread with horseradish, a square knish, and one of the soups that sounds good that day. Liz normally has a knish and soup but on occasion she has a hot dog with some kraut. The breakfast here is also very good and available at any time of day.
The chicken rice soup and Mushroom Barley soup are fantastic. Liz always picks me up some soup when I'm not feeling well...it's the perfect medicine.
I recently had the brisket sandwich which was incredibly good and too big to finish (so a doggie bag was needed).
**They carry Dr. Brown's sodas which are always perfect with a good deli meal.**
Raccanelli's is an Italian restuarant/pizza joint in the Rye Brook Shopping Plaza. The restaurant is a nice size with a bar area with a counter as soon as you enter. There are two dining rooms with tables and booths on the right hand side of the restaurant. The menu has the usual italian dishes of pasta, veal, meat, poultry, seafood, calzones, sandwiches, appetizers, pizzas and desserts. The portions here are a good size and the food is very tasty. We have never had a bad meal here due to food quality or taste.
This is one of those places that is hit or miss with service. Kind of like a strip club they definitely seem to have the A team and the B team. The B team is quite bad and I really do what I can to avoid them but at the same time the A team is very good. But it is the food here, when you get what you order, that makes putting up with this worth it.
Favorite Dish: Whatever they decide you really wanted. I have ordered pizza here made one way that has come out another. For example, a white pizza arrived once as a regular with pepperoni. See the comment about A team vs B team.
The white pizza here is excellent. Mounds of ricotta cheese are on top of the bubling mozzarella....Yum! The pepperoni and Neopolitan pizza are very good as well. Pasta here is also very good; I like their penne or Ravioli in a vodka sauce. Liz likes the gnocchi in marinara sauce or their cheese ravioli.
Each meal comes with a soup or a salad. The chicken soup here is excellent with huge chunks of white meat chicken and vegetables in a huge bowl. The slads here are generous portions with a large container of dressing on the side. Their bread basket always has good italian bread and foccacia with butter.
The Wine Gallery is a good place to go for those hard to find wines. Just give them the name of what you're looking for and they are hapy to order as much of it as you want from their suppliers. The store orders some of our favorite Italian, French and Argentinian wines for us by the case and for a decent price.
The shop also has wine tasting on Thursdays from 5-8pm and is a great opportunity to sample something new.
What to buy: We often purchase wine by the case to stock up our wine fridge since we entertain very often. Our last purchase from the Wine Gallery was a case of Luigi Bosca DOC. The case was under $300 and less expensive than it would be to have it shipped form my friend in Buenos Aires. I also purchased some of my wife's favorite champagne for New Year's Eve.
What to pay: The store carries wines and liquor to suit any budget from affordable to expensive.
Cerbone's Bakery is an Italian Bakery right in the Rye Ridge Shopping Plaza. They carry all kinds of Italian pastries from cannoli to biscotti. They have a large variety of pies, cakes, cookies and bread. In the summer moths the bakery carry tasty Italian ices in an aray of flavors.
The thing we like to come to Cerbone's for is their Ice Cream Swiss Cake roll. It's the traditional looking Swiss Cake ROll but instead of cream filling it's vanilla ice cream. The cake is out of this world good and we love to buy it for birthdays, special occasions or if we are having company. It's always a hit with guests because it is so fresh and delicious.
What to buy: Ice Cream Swiss Cake Roll
What to pay: $22 for the Swiss Cake Roll
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