Minis Latin Fusion Bursts with Flavor in New Rochelle
Nicole Pirraglia-Piparo and her husband Michael J. Piparo of City Island have opened Minis Latin Fusion, a charming new restaurant bursting with flavor. Highlighting the walls are Latin-themed artworks and a big bright Minis Latin Fusion logo light at the cozy bar. Nicole had spent years working restaurants along City Island Ave. They want to bring a Latino theme to Westchester and New Rochelle’s emerging restaurant scene.
The starting menu offers such fresh made appetizers as: Sopa di Camarones with Juarez sherry; traditional Sancocho Stew; Creamy Garlic Shrimp Tostones; Steamed Clams with chorizo Piquillo peppers; Ceviche con Tostata; and Chicharron di Pollo.
Fresh salads include: Caesar Salad in Parm Basket, with crispy tamale croutons; Tomato Avocado Salad, with chipotle orange vinaigrette, & crispy tostones; and Tossed Baby Arcadian Greens, with sherry guava vinaigrette.
Beautifully plated entrees: Latin classics like Mofongo, choice of garlic shrimp, pollo guisado or pulled pernil mojo; Ropa Vieja Tacu Tacu, served with aji Amarillo sauce & blistered piquillo peppers & Flounder is served over seafood Paella; and a hearty Grilled New York Steak is served with goat cheese garlic creamed spinach & spicy roasted calabaza & chimichurri sauce.
Luncheon specialties include: Carne Hero, N.Y. strip topped with chimichurri mayo, cheese & caramelized onions; Fish & Chip Sandwich on brioche bun topped with spicy Caribbean tartar sauce; a Minis Burger with pico de gallo, shredded cheddar & pepper jack cheeses; and Tamarind BBQ Pernil, brailed pulled pork served on a brioche bun.
There is a leisurely Sunday Brunch served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choice are a la carte and include: Empanadas con Picadillo; Classic Caesar Salad; Venezuelan Frittata, eggs, chorizo, plantains, spinach, onion & tomato; Smothered Fried Chicken over Belgian Waffle, red eye gravy and fresh fruit; and Shrimp Scampi over Arroz Blanco, garlic shrimp, white rice with tomato, red onion & avocado salad.
Save your sweet tooth for such tasty desserts as: Carrot Cake Bread Pudding with Bustello cream Anglaise; Café Patron Chocolate Torte with coconut white chocolate macaroons; Tres Leches Cake and Cheese Cake Brulee. If it’s a special occasion, go for the big Maduro Sundae.
Special Hint: Happy Hours offering specially priced cocktails and appetizers is served 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday. Great for the networking crowd.
Minis Latin Fusion Restaurant is located at 237 E. Main Street, New Rochelle. The restaurant is open for lunch & dinner from noon Tuesday thru Saturday. Main courses price range: $17 to $29. Sunday Brunch served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price range: $8 to $22.Full take-out. Bar/lounge. Cocktails. Catering for home or office. Delivery service. Closed Mondays. Major cards. Casual dress. Free parking area. Reservations suggested for larger groups. Phone: 914-355-5609. Website under construction: www.minislatinfusion.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)