Throwing a New Years Eve Party?

Feeling stressed about the daunting tasks you have to get done  before the big day?  All the preparation, shopping, cleaning, cooking etc… Well at Bellizzi we understand how stressful planning and prepping parties can be; our catering team wants to help make this New Year’s special and a bit easier for you.  Let us prepare and cook the food you and your guests love to eat.  Our holiday menu ranges from our scrumptious Truffle Pasta to our mouth watering Seafood Pescadoro!  Our catering team prepares some of the finest delicacies that will “Wow!” your guests.  Best of all this means no fuss, no mess and allows you to focus on having a good time.  Now thats the way to bring in the New Year!  If you are attending someone else’s party don’t be shy and share this message with them!  We guarantee that they will thank you, and your taste buds will thank you too.

Call 914-241-1200 to speak to one of our Catering Specialists!  Be sure when you call to tell them you read it on our Blog/Facebook or Twitter!

Check out our delectable Special Holiday Menus below:

new years menu, christmas eve menu, xmas,

Holiday Catering Menu Details

Holiday Catering Menu Details

Bad News B-Clubbers

 

The year 2010 is over but when one door closes another one opens.  Bellizzi is proud to announce that on January 29th the Bringin’ in the New Year B-Club Party is on! 

If you are a 6th, 7th and 8th grader you don’t want to miss out on this New Year celebration at the Bellizzi Restaurant in Mount Kisco NY!

The party is going down between 9:30pm and 11:30pm. There is going to be eating, dancing, games and prizes! If you missed the end o f the year party this past December; you’ll definitely want to start the new year off right.  

Not a B-Club member? Click Here to hit up our registration form and bring it with you on the 29th.

Epic End of the Year Party!

Dance, Dancing, Party, Partying, Games, Prizes, Music, Fun

If you are a 6th, 7th and 8th grader you wont want to miss the B-Club End of the Year party this December 4th at the Bellizzi Restaurant in Mount Kisco NY!

The party is going down between 9:30pm and 11:30pm this Saturday. There is going to be a slammin’ performance by the Fox Lane Varsity Cheerleaders! There will be plenty of games and prizes and the DJ will keep the music flowin’. If you want to finish the year strong and you aren’t a B-Club member? Click Here to hit up our registration form and bring it with you this Saturday.

6th graders, 7th graders, 8th graders, Party, Dance, Dancing, Games, Prizes

Join us Dec 4th @ 9:30pm - Bellizzi Mount Kisco for an Epic End of the Year Party!

You Are What You Eat (Mozzarella Fresca)

Fresh Mozzarella, Pizza, mozzarella balls, mozzarella salad

Mozzarella Fresca Balls

When people think about Mozzarella, they usually think “melted on a hot slice of pizza”. At Bellizzi, we know that there is much more to soft, smooth fresh Mozzarella. Pure, simplistic and most importantly fresh – Mozzarella is a something you can enjoy in a variety of ways from melted on bread or pizza to crumbled on fresh green salads.

The word “Mozzarella” derives from the Italian word, “Mozzare”, which means, “to tear”.  In order to shape Mozzarella you tear stretched mozzarella to form balls or shapes.  The freshness of this popular cheese is characterized by its moist and creamy texture.

We at Bellizzi make our own Mozzarella Fresca in-house.  This way you don’t ingest unnatural preservatives.  One of the great benefits to Mozzarella is that it is a natural booster of Calcium, something that is of great benefit to children and those who worry about osteoporosis.

You Are What You Eat (Why Fresh Basil Is Important)

A continuation of Bellizzi’s “You are what you eat” feature articles about fresh foods we begin with the culinary herb Basil! 

Basil comes from the root of the greek word Basileus meaning ‘King’.  There are many rumors as to why it was named ‘King’ such as it was utilized in royal baths, medicines etc… However, we like to believe it was named ’King’ due to its royal flavor.  For convenience and likely to be cost effective many cook with dried or frozen herbs.  Utilizing herbs which are dried or frozen inhibits the experience of the diner to only a portion of the flavor Basil provides its dishes.  At Bellizzi we add fresh organic basil at just the right time in order to preserve the full flavor of the Basil in some of our signature dishes like the Bellizzi Brooklyn Pizza. 

As a result not only do you get a better taste but you also take advantage of the Basil’s natural health benefits which come from the plant’s oils.  Scientific studies have established that compounds in basil oil have potent antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.  In addition, basil has been shown to decrease the occurrence of platelet aggregation and experimental thrombus, meaning it can decrease the chance for blood clots.  It is traditionally used for supplementary treatment of stress, asthma and diabetes in India.  We also know in some medicine circles it is used for treating pimples on the face.  

It’s these quality factors which drive Bellizzi to seek out the healthiest and tasty methods of preparing our food.  We care about our patrons and only want to serve you the very best.

B Club Halloween Party Had the Teens Cheezin’ (smiling big)

The B-Club did it again!  They threw the hottest pre-halloween party for northern westchester’s 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  60 kids from across the school districts were down with the B-Club on Friday, October 29th.  They came in costume and ready to party,  the DJ had the music pumpin’ and the teens brought the place to life with laughter, smiles, and ecchm lets just say they were not lacking in dance moves.

B-Clubber Breakin'

 Admission for “B” Club is $20 when you become a member. This includes $5 in tokens, snacks, music and social activities.  There will be a registration desk at the entrance so all can take advantage of the reduced cover charge. Don’t miss the next party! invite your friends. The next “B” Club party will be on Saturday December 4th, 9:30-11:30pm.  For the latest details please visit Bellizzi “B” Club at http://www.bellizzifood.com/bellizzi-club.html

Mount Kisco Wine and Food Tasting at it’s Finest

Bellizzi catered the Mt Kisco Wine and Food Tasting

Patrons at the Mt Kisco Wine and Food Tasting

The Wine and Food Tasting Event hosted by Mount Kisco Wine and Spirits and catered by your very own Bellizzi Restaurant was a great success as the patrons came in droves this past Saturday.  The corks were popping and the food was sizzling!

Bellizzi Spread

Bellizzi Fresh Risotto and Butternut Squash

Bellizzi prepared some of it’s finest foods for this catering event.  You were greeted on the left with an assortment of high quality cheese as you entered the venue, including Bellizzi’s very own fresh home-made Mozzarella cheese balls.    To your right risotto with butternut squash, wild mushroom and a hint of tarragon was being prepared fresh for patrons.  Tara of Mount Kisco exclaimed “The risotto was beautifully cooked which I know is hard to do.  I was caught off guard at how the butternut squash really popped in the dish!”   At the risotto table you also found three interesting salads the first was a Kale salad that was light and crisp and refreshing.  Second was a deliciously airy Quinoa salad.  The third was the most interesting salad of the bunch, a Squid Ink Pasta.  The amazing thing is that the squid ink pasta had no squid in it, the pasta is prepared in squid ink.  This allowed for the pasta to maintain a seafood feel and taste without overpowering the other ingredients in the dish.  

As you passed the delicious food you were first presented with, you found yourself at the wine tasting portion of the venue.  Some of the wines people had the pleasure of tasting were the Coyam 06 – $43.99 and the Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 04 -$59.99.  These were great wines that some people may not have otherwise tried due to a lack of wine knowledge or maybe they might find the cost to be a deterrent.  What was also very interesting is that many people found some wonderful surprise wines that were not expensive at all and still had great bang for its buck.  For instance the Terrunyo Sauvignon 09 – $19.99, Santos Semillon 09 – $16.99 and what seemed to really please the crowd the Heron Sauvignon Blanc 09 – $14.99.  As you made your way from station to station toward the back of the venue you began to get the scent of more food wafting your way.  Your nose was not wrong.  At the back of the venue Bellizzi had another table set up where servers were dishing out spicy meatballs, eggplant rollatini, sausage and peppers, shrimp and pulled pork sandwiches.     Two patrons said, and we quote “We tried a little of everything and I loved the spicy meatballs and the eggplant rollatini was delicious!”  A third patron mentioned “I’ve ordered delivery and takeout from Bellizzi before but only pizza! I had no idea they made entrees like this!”

Enjoying Bellizzi Food

Patron Enjoying Bellizzi Squid Pasta

That’s right folks!  Bellizzi is MORE than just a fun place to take your kids and eat pizza. We’re here to clue you all in on it.  Now you all know we make great gourmet pizzas but we also make delicious home-made style dishes; we use only all natural and organic ingredients because we care about the quality of the food we serve you.  Most of all we care about you.   Thanks to all those who attended the Mount Kisco Wine and Food Tasting!  To those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time!  

 

Toppings of the World

Bellizzi Brooklyn Style Slice

Pizza is no secret to the rest of the world. Most countries these days are home to major chains such as Pizza Hut or Dominos. However, the pizza from such chains lacks originality and quality. One of the ways a pizza separates itself from the rest is in its combination of toppings. Each country has its own twist of topping combinations which we will explore today.

India is home to Naan, a wonderfully airy bread lightly brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic. Oddly enough that sounds a bit like a pizza crust. It is no wonder that pizza tends to be a popular dining choice at this first stop on our Toppings of the World journey. The most common pizza choice is topped with Tikka or Tandoori Chicken or minced mutton. Other interesting toppings in india include tofu (due to a large vegetarian population), pickled ginger, and paneer (similar to cottage cheese).

Australia, a beautiful gambit of landscape is also home to some interesting pizza topping combinations. The popular topping combination choice is ironically known as the Hawaiian which is a ham and pineapple combo. The more interesting combinations include prawns, shark, eggs, scallops or pumpkin. Now those are some interesting flavors and textures to place on your pizza.

Japan, is home to its own style of pizza known as Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き). Okonomi means “what you like”and yaki means grilled. The dough isn’t dough at all but batter like a pancake commonly using yam flour which creates a very different taste texture versus a traditional pizza crust. The popular toppings for Okonomiyaki includes shredded cabbage, octopus, squid, squid ink, shrimp, kimchi, and even noodles and all are often topped with Okonomiyaki sauce (similar to steak sauce). The fun part of dining at the Okonomiyaki restaurant is that the customer is given a bowl of raw ingredients of which to grill themselves, making it a very unique dining experience to be had.

Mount Kisco, New York a small American town home to a restaurant called Bellizzi.  Bellizzi offers 3 notable pizzas the Brooklyn Pizza, the Peasant Pizza, and the Bellizzi Pizza. The Brooklyn pizza is prepared on an extra-thin crust with mozzarella made fresh at the restaurant, fresca, california tomatoes, fresh basil and parmigiano reggiano. You can add the toppings of your choice but this pizza is best served untainted by other flavors,its theme is simplicity at its delicious finest. The Peasant Pizza is topped with Caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, gorgonzola and basil. This pizza, too, thrives on simplicity and great taste. The Bellizzi pizza utilizes a crust infused with lemon thyme – topped with grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, fresh garlic, seracene olives, sauteed tomatoes, mozzarella fresca, fresh basil and parmigiano shavings. The pizza of Bellizzi doesn’t focus on gimmicks or pile-high toppings. All the ingredients used are all natural.  Bellizzi pizza is about quality, taste and a fun family atmosphere.

You Are What You Eat (Why Fresh Ingredients Are Important)

Bellizzi Natural and Organic Ingredients

Bellizzi uses All Natural Ingredients

In Michelle Obama’s address to the National Restaurant Association, September 13, 2010, she discussed the importance and responsibility restaurants have with regards to the health of Americans today.  The facts she went over are as such:

  • 1 of every 2 dollars spent on food goes to meals outside the home (double what it was 1/2 a century ago)
  • 1/3 of all meals are eaten at restaurants
  • Restaurant owners are responsible for 1/3 of the calories children take in daily

“Origin of the word Restaurant in French is to “Restore”.  Some of the first restaurants actually emphasized their ability to make people healthier and cure what ailed them” – Michelle Obama

Bellizzi has always tried to live up to this standard and has included quality, natural ingredients within our pizza and entrées for quite some time.  Our choice to cook with fresh natural ingredients is not a popular trend, but rather one made for philosophical and healthy living reasons. 

We are dedicated our customers well-being and producing high quality food. This is why it is important for us to use natural and organic ingredients. Not only does cooking with natural and organic materials mean a healthier environment by not allowing pesticides and herbicides to contaminate soil and groundwater but it also means greater tasting food!  Bellizzi will be launching feature blog articles of some of the natural ingredients we utilize. We are doing this so our fans and customers are in the know of what they are putting into their bodies.  So stay tuned to the Bellizzi Blog if you want to know what you are when you eat at Bellizzi!

B Club Party Event September 25th 2010

b club Mt Kisko Dancing Party

Bellizzi, an establishment voted Westchester best on many levels, has opened its doors to 6th, 7th and 8th graders with the “B” Club.  The “B” club launched on August 5th and had many kids dancing, playing games and just hanging out to the  “B” Club beat. The “B” Club party event, scheduled for this September 25th are meant to provide the youth a safe environment to eat, socialize, dance and play in our state of the art arcade. This unique club runs a gambit of activities from video game competitions, board game challenges, dancing and prizes (this month’s prizes being a brand new iPad, and iTunes Gift Cards.)

Parents, how many Saturday nights have you seen your child sitting at home watching television or playing a video game, surfing the web, on facebook, tweeting or texting?  The “B” Club, is meant to bring kids together in a social environment, unplug and unwind on the non-school nights.  There is no other club like this for this age group and for those parents concerned about safety, our doors are alarmed and kids are not allowed to leave until they are picked up by an adult.

Not only is Bellizzi doing this for the kids but is also trying to see if the local schools will be willing to utilize the opportunity for fund raising.  Bellizzi will give a portion of the proceeds of each schools “B” Club member/representative.  This will hopefully encourage school spirit, raise funds for struggling school programs or need that the students care about. Let us know if you’re school wants to participate.

Admission for “B” Club is $20 for the evening and $25 for all non-“B” Clubbers. This includes $5 in tokens, snacks, music and social activities.  There will be a registration desk at the entrance so all can take advantage of the reduced cover charge.  The event begins at 9:00pm to 11:00 on September 25.  The drawing for the prizes will be on September 25th at 11pm.  For more details please visit Bellizzi “B” Club at http://www.bellizzifood.com/bellizzi-club.html