valentine’s day dining options

The coupling of food and wine with the seasons is the aphrodisiac of literature and verse thru the ages. And there’s no better time to appreciate that than on Valentine’s Day.

Chef-owner and host Dean Vivolo of Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Avenue in Harrison (914-835-6199), serves his robust regional Italian cuisine out of a vintage diner just across from Harrison’s Metro-North train station. Sit at the counter, tuck into a booth, or take a table in the rear greenhouse and enjoy the surprising flavors emanating from his kitchen. Linguini alle vongole and branzino arrosto are tops. Sparkling lights evenings. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Free parking.

Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 394 City Island Avenue in the Bronx (718-885-9885), where owner Spiro Chagares offers patrons an inspired melding of traditional and contemporary dishes served with flair. Zuppa de pesce for two is extraordinary. Check out the bar/lounge most evenings for good networking. Open seven days. Free parking.

Mamma Francesca, 414 Pelham Road in New Rochelle (914-235-6591) offers views of Long Island Sound from the rear greenhouse and a menu of robust specialties from Nick DiCostanzo’s native home in Ischia. Traditional chicken parmigiana and manicotti are very good.

The Bruno family at Le Sirene, 1957 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont (914-834-8300), serve refined Italian cuisine with finesse. From the fresh made breadsticks to their house made gelato, the flavors are impressive.

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