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Mahopac's Arturo's Tavern Ranks Among DVlicious 'Best Italian' Finalists

Angela, right, mom of owner Carmelo Zagari, at work in the kitchen of Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac
Angela, right, mom of owner Carmelo Zagari, at work in the kitchen of Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac Photo Credit: Arturo's Tavern/Facebook
Diners at the bar in Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac.
Diners at the bar in Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac. Photo Credit: Arturo's Tavern/Facebook
Pork Chops Companiole at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac.
Pork Chops Companiole at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac. Photo Credit: Arturo's Tavern/Facebook
Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac is known for its oversize martinis and the 50 varieties they come in.
Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac is known for its oversize martinis and the 50 varieties they come in. Photo Credit: Arturo's Tavern/Facebook
Butternut squash ravioli at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac.
Butternut squash ravioli at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac. Photo Credit: Arturo's Tavern/Facebook
Gnocchi with vodka sauce at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac.
Gnocchi with vodka sauce at Arturo's Tavern in Mahopac. Photo Credit: Yelp

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -- It’s a simple question: “What’s the most DVlicious Italian restaurant in the county?”

Poll
What's the Best Italian Restaurant In Putnam?
Final Results Voting Closed

What's the Best Italian Restaurant In Putnam?

  • Arturo's Tavern, Mahopac
    38%
  • Cathryn's Tuscan Grill, Cold Spring
    2%
  • Marios Restaurant & Pizza, Mahopac
    11%
  • Prato Trattoria, Carmel
    49%

Sounds straightforward, right? But with a dizzying array of options – everything from old-school red sauce joints to modern takes on Grandma’s homemade cooking to trattorias with gourmet pizzas -- the answer can be hard to answer.

We asked for your favorites; four have been narrowed down as part of our contest and those finalists are being profiled this week.

Voting continues until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.

Grab a fork, read on, and let your fingers do the clicking.

The winner will receive a framed DVlicious certificate as well as the pride in knowing it offers a taste of Italy close to home.

Arturo’s Tavern, 878 Route 6, Mahopac, (845) 621-3836

What Makes It Pasta Perfect: If you’re looking for fast food, say Arturo’s owners, this is not the place for you. Good food takes preparation, and the chef won’t send it out until it’s done to his standards. You can create your own dish, by choosing from a pasta such as cavatelli, fettucini, penne, rigatone and gnocchi and then picking pesto, carbonara, Bolognese, country style (white beans, bacon, broccoli rabe, onions and roasted garlic) as a sauce. Chicken, veal, steaks and chops are also on the menu, which has a least a half dozen gluten-free dishes.

Worth Special Mention: Owner Carmelo Zagari started as a busboy in 1996 at what was then the Log Cabin, a steak and seafood restaurant on Route 6 in Mahopac. Bronx native Arturo “Artie” Isidore, who was once chef at the famous Frankie & Johnnie’s Pine Tavern, later re-opened it as Arturo’s Pine Tavern.

Isidore created a menu of traditional Italian favorites, along with the famous “Arturo’s Salad and Arthur Avenue Bread,” served with his “mother’s” salad dressing – red wine vinegar and olive oil. In 2005, Zagari took over but kept the authentic Italian menu while adding his own mom’s recipes for daily specials and desserts.

“Mama” Angela pops in now and then to make rice balls, stuffed mushrooms and her famous cheesecake. Auturo’s is also known for its oversize martinis. There are 50 different kinds, ranging from the Funky Monkey Tini and the Drunken Smurf to the Yankees (or Mets) Tini and Peach Mango or Nutella Tinis. There is also live music and other special events.

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