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September 2020

A Burst of Color & Flavor at Minis Latin Fusion!

Nicole Pirraglia-Piparo and her husband Michael J. Piparo of City Island are approaching their first year at Minis Latin Fusion in New Rochelle, a charming restaurant bursting with flavor. Highlighting the walls are Latin-themed artworks and a big bright Minis Latin Fusion logo light at the cozy bar. Nicole had spent years working restaurants along City Island Ave. They want to bring a Latino theme to Westchester and New Rochelle’s emerging restaurant scene.


We have stopped in on many occasions since their opening, and the food and spirits can be terrific! In fact, Minis now offers their own private label cocktails in bottles. So, sip your Passion Mojito or Electric Lemonade and consider the titillating house specialties.


The menu offers such fresh made appetizers as: Sopa di Camarones with Juarez sherry; traditional hearty Sancocho Stew; delish Creamy Garlic Shrimp Tostones; Steamed Clams with chorizo Piquillo peppers; Ceviche con Tostata; and Chicharron di Pollo.


Fresh salads include: Classic Caesar Salad; Tomato Avocado Salad and Tossed Baby Arcadian Greens, with sherry guava vinaigrette.


Beautifully plated entrees: Latin classics like Mofongo, choice of garlic shrimp, pollo guisado or pulled pernil mojo; Ropa Vieja Tacu Tacu, served with aji Amarillo sauce & blistered piquillo peppers; Seafood Paella; and a hearty Grilled New York Steak is served with goat cheese garlic creamed spinach & spicy roasted calabaza & chimichurri sauce.


Luncheon specialties include: Carne Hero, N.Y. strip topped with chimichurri mayo, cheese & caramelized onions; Fish & Chip Sandwich on brioche bun topped with spicy Caribbean tartar sauce; a Minis Burger with pico de gallo, shredded cheddar & pepper jack cheeses; and Tamarind BBQ Pernil, brailed pulled pork served on a brioche bun.


There is a leisurely Sunday Brunch served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choices are a la carte and include: Empanadas con Picadillo; Classic Caesar Salad; Venezuelan Frittata, eggs, chorizo, plantains, spinach, onion & tomato; Smothered Fried Chicken over Belgian Waffle, , red eye gravy and fresh fruit; and Shrimp Scampi over Arroz Blanco, garlic shrimp, white rice with tomato, red onion & avocado salad.


Save your sweet tooth for such tasty desserts as: Carrot Cake Bread Pudding with Bustello cream Anglaise; Café Patron Chocolate Torte with coconut white chocolate macaroons; Tres Leches Cake and Cheese Cake Brulee.  If it’s a special occasion, go for the big Maduro Sundae.


Since the start of the pandemic, the Piparos have been donating 100s of meals to Hope Community Services in New Rochelle, a local sponsor of food pantry and soup kitchens. (www.hopecommunityservices.org) Chef Brian MacMenamin has been the creative secret weapon in the kitchen.


Special Hint: Covid guidelines in place. Happy Hours offering specially priced cocktails and appetizers is served 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday. There is outdoor seating.


Minis Latin Fusion Restaurant is located at 237 E. Main Street, New Rochelle. The restaurant is open for lunch & dinner from noon Monday thru Saturday & Sunday. Main courses price range: $17 to $29. Lunch & Sunday Brunch served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price range: $8 to $22.Full take-out. Bar/lounge. Cocktails. Catering for home or office. Delivery service. Major cards. Casual dress. Free parking area. Reservations suggested for larger groups. Phone: 914-355-5609. www.minislatinfusion.com


(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: gutreactions@optonline.net)