Enjoy Contemporary Italian at Granita Cucina & Bar in Hartsdale

by Katie Schlientz

Granita Cucina & Bar co-owners Brad Nagy and Angelo Viscoso transformed their previous Hartsdale spot into a modern Italian trattoria, offering craft cocktails (at a beautiful bar), sharable pizza, pasta and more. The chef-driven kitchen serves up a fresh, seasonal take on Italian cuisine into the restaurant’s sophisticated-casual atmosphere.

Enjoy the Part-Time Love (best cocktail name ever), made with gin, strawberry, hibiscus, and lemon during Granita’s Happy Hour, running daily from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

One of my favorite apps? The Wood-Fired Meatballs with pomodoro, creamy polenta, and basil pesto.

I loved the flavor of the lemon-saffron smoked mozzarella Arancini.

When you walk in, the aroma coming from the wood-fire is intoxicating. The chefs at Granita offer a variety of wood-fired pizzas like this Soppresata pie without tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano, fresh oregano, and fresno chili.

Pastas are also a plus—at the top of my list is this Short Rib Ragu Gnocchi.

The Hand-Cut Rigatoni combines spicy lamb sausage and grilled octopus with tomato sauce and market greens.

Granita Cucina & Bar: 202 E. Hartsdale Ave Hartsdale, NY, 914-725-8420, www.granitany.com

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