You see, we held our rehearsal dinner at Emilia's on Arthur Avenue (the nuptials were celebrated at Fordham University Church). We had dined at Emilia's before our wedding preparations, but we had such a lovely time and were treated so well at the rehearsal dinner that we've become lifers. We're always warmly welcomed and treated like family. Pat usually calls us "the kids."
I must admit it was rather nice this summer when we went out to eat with the whole family. The Yankees were in town and the place was packed with Westchester folks fresh from the stadium and Pat gave us a table without our waiting (much to the chagrin of a bitchy looking rich white lady from Scarsdale, or some other homogeneous environs, who appeared thoroughly aggrieved by being bumped).
The food is consistent, delicious, and reasonably priced. We always share the hot antipasta della casa; the missus always gets the veal parmigiana; and I am a sucker for their pork braciola. The tartufo (aka bomba) is a must for dessert. You can actually view their full menu complete with prices here.
Pat's munificence continued on our most recent anniversary meal, when she sent over a glass of wine for me and a dessert for the missus (no wine for the one who is laden with child).
So in short, if you are debating as to where to eat on Arthur Avenue for a babyless date night, let Pat and her husband Nunzio do the heavy lifting. Tell them "the kids" sent you.
2331 Arthur Avenue
*reservations are recommended if you're planning on dining during primetime dinner hours during the weekend