Mangia! at Ivana's
Please enjoy this restaurant review of Ivana's Cucina from June 2011. Are you cooking up something special? Get in touch with us for a chance to be featured in our weekly "Food" category!
Why haven't you stopped into Ivana's Cucina yet?
Is it because you think cucina means Coriander hand soap? Oh, well let me clear that up for you. Cucina is Italian for kitchen and Ivana is serious about her kitchen. In fact, she's there every day making delicious food from scratch. And, she's not new at this (unless you consider 36 years in business a beginning). You may have been in Ivana's kitchen before; once upon a time it was called "Capri" and it was located on Broadway in Newburgh. Ahh, now we're speaking the same language!
I stopped in to see Ivana on a hot Wednesday afternoon. The sage green accents of her Tuscany inspired "café & pizzeria" were calm and cool central air poured out over her immaculate tile floor. The wine shelf beckoned as I gazed over a menu board of weekly specials. I finally targeted a "Harvest Wrap" for $7. It arrived on a happy yellow plate and was served with delightfully thin slices of golden potato which practically melted in my mouth. They were not overdone, not overstated and not over-salted. The 'Harvest Wrap' was an eclectic blend of taste and texture, drizzled with an airy balsamic vinaigrette that diffuses into the tortilla. The chicken was grilled to seasoned perfection - heated just slightly so that the gorgonzola cheese melted against it harmoniously. It was all-together complimented by tart cranberry and crisp apple on a bed of finely shredded lettuce.
Not a fan of fruity combinations and strangely worded cheese? That's ok! The wraps are made to order and you may add and detract to your heart’s desire!
What separates Ivana's from an overflow of area pizzerias is the variety of her dishes and the overall dining experience. In addition to being deliberately sophisticated in terms of decor, Ivana's is also a place where healthy choices meet up with first-class indulgence. Her menu items range from a make-your-own salad option to brilliant bruschetta and stacked Chicken Milanese Hero. In addition to the classic Italian eatery paninis, homemade pasta dishes and calzones she offers an extensive dessert menu. Her gourmet espresso selections and authentic café specialty drink items make for a divine evening treat. If you want to go light or are looking for a nice way to cap off an evening her cappuccino pairs beautifully with her Mini-Hazelnut ganache. For me, the obvious choice was her gelato Bomba - chocolate covered heaven with cinnamon almonds and cherry-kiss center.
This is a perfect date-night location (outdoor dining overlooks the crest of the Hudson from the Windsor Highway vantage point) and a nice place to bring your family (booths are available). In addition to delicious Italian cuisine and homemade family-recipe sauce (also available by the jar) we love her gourmet pizzas drenched in artisan cheeses and topped off with everything from shrimp and scallops to Philly-Steak.
Ivana’s: we revel in your classic Italian ambiance and we absolutely adore your bakery display case!
Ivana's Cucina - Windsor Commons - 145 Windsor Highway, New Windsor (845) 561-3744