Despite the array of dining options offered in the Bronx, Beccofino stands apart from the borough's ho-hum standard. In fact, patrons from far and wide routinely pack this spot in posh little Riverdale for its delicious, American-leaning Italian cuisine. Exposed brick walls, rustic terra-cotta floors and white deli paper-covered tables lend a homey setting, where the specials are handwritten and then tucked inside the regular menu.
The kitchen creates each plate with great care and portions are generous. Stuffed mushrooms, bound by garlic, parsley and breadcrumbs, are forever earthy; while a glossy, tomato-based risotto with shrimp, clams and lobster is luxury on a plate. Veal with a sherry-shallot demi-glace is so exemplary that you won't miss dessert.- MICHELIN guide inspectors