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Blue Dolphin Ristorante

175 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY - (914) 232-4791
Posted By Mia Metzger on 9/13/2006 6:12:00 AM
We're house hunting in Katonah, and our Realtor suggested this sister restaurant to Le Fontane (in neighboring Somers). Had dinner in Blue Dolphin on a summer Saturday night. They do have take-out, as there were at least six people who came and left with huge white bags of food. We arrived at 5:30, and had a table by 6:00, with enough time to walk up to Awakenings, a great spiritual shop.

A large platter of grilled shrimp with radicchio and Gorgonzola was an opening symphony of tastes and textures that creamed and crunched in our mouths. The grilled sardines and asparagus were also unique: two butterflied fillets with delicate grill marks, surrounded by a generous pile of al dente asparagus. Vegetable lasagna wasn't as perfect as the meat lasagna at Le Fontane, but it was satisfying and full of many different veggies, and was oozing mozzerella cheese. Though we didn't have any of the many pasta dishes, I noticed the perfect LARGE pasta bowls that seemed to be on every table, and I plan to indulge in one of those next time.

The service was attentive and informative; my partner had three tastings of wine before deciding on the "house" merlot, which the server (who commutes 45 minutes each way to work) firmly recommended.

Bites of crumbly and fudgy flourless chocolate almond torte combined with bites of soothingly tart key lime pie to finish the meal, accompanied by fresh black coffee and perfect decaf cappuccino.

The tables turned at least twice while we meandered our way through our meal, and the crowd was a diverse, seemingly ex-urbanite group that included young children, as well as great-grandparents of those tots. There were many people patiently waiting outside of the restaurant under the side trees on comfortable wooden benches and chairs, drinking various bar beverages, so there was some sort of outdoor service, however informal.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Olive oil, black olives, thin-slized zucchini, and plenty of garlic make this a heady bowl of pasta.
"Olive oil, black olives, thin-slized zucchini, and plenty of garlic make this a heady bowl of pasta."
Michael Stern





A felicitous gloss on proscuitto and melon:  slices of sweet ripe pear
"A felicitous gloss on proscuitto and melon: slices of sweet ripe pear"
Michael Stern


There's a lot of butter mixed with the parsley spread across these slices of garlic bread.
"There's a lot of butter mixed with the parsley spread across these slices of garlic bread."
Michael Stern


Cappuccino is served in pretty Italian mugs.
"Cappuccino is served in pretty Italian mugs."
Michael Stern


Broccoli rabe, studded with bits of soft-cooked garlic, is served as a side dish.
"Broccoli rabe, studded with bits of soft-cooked garlic, is served as a side dish."
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While waiting for a table, a few people are able to squeeze into a place near the counter.  Note the old diner monitor roof above, now covered with handsome wood.
"While waiting for a table, a few people are able to squeeze into a place near the counter. Note the old diner monitor roof above, now covered with handsome wood."
Michael Stern


From the outside, the Blue Dolphin appears to be an old-fashioned diner.  Inside, it's an oasis of fine Italian food.
"From the outside, the Blue Dolphin appears to be an old-fashioned diner. Inside, it's an oasis of fine Italian food."
Michael Stern



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