Emilio’s Restaurant, Harrison NY

My husband’s family has been going to Emilio’s for as long as they have been open, 33 years. Whenever we all go out for dinner and the choice is Emelio’s I get excited because I know we are all going to have a great, home cooked, Italian meal.

When you walk into Emeilo’s it is like walking into an Italian Grandma’s house. Its homey and welcoming and is oozing food and wine! Sergio, the head chef and owner, will encourage you to take your time- ‘sit and enjoy’ he will say.

As you get settled in with your first glass of wine, the antipasti cart arrives at your table. It is always abounding with delicious dishes such as homemade bruschetta, steamed asparagus with hollandaise, ratatouille and avocado stuffed with crabmeat… and that is just naming a few! They will make your antipasti dish up of 1, 2, 3 or more items or make a family style plate for the table if you prefer. If you are in the mood for a slightly heavier starter, all the delicious, homemade pastas are served in half or full portions. Quite honestly, I don’t think anyone makes a better ravioli than Emilio’s. It doesn’t matter which one you get- they are all light and fluffy and filled with deliciousness!

I usually get the swiss chard and ricotta filled ravioli with walnut cream sauce because it is my absolute favorite! But last night, they were offering a special that I couldn’t resist! Osso Bucco stuffed raviolis with a red wine reduction sauce. Of 7 of us, 6 of us ordered it for either a starter or a main and there wasn’t one ravioli left uneaten! THAT is how great it was!

Now, I am not a dessert lover, but even I can’t resist getting something when the dessert cart arrives in the same fashion as the antipasti cart! After the options on the cart are explained to you, your server will add to that the plethora of homemade gelatos available that evening. The star last night was most certianly the banana gelato! And don’t be surprised if your table receives some limoncello or another type of after dinner digestivo along with your coffees and teas.

This family owned and operated restaurant really makes each customer feel welcome and truly wants everyone to not just enjoy their meals, but their time spent here as well. For me, Emilio’s is about passion. They are passionate about what they do and how they do it and I, for one, genuinely appreciate it.

So next time you are in the mood for a fine ravioli and a nice glass of Chianti, head on over to Harrison and enjoy!