The charms of family -owned and -operated Italian restaurant Alejo’s lie in its unassuming, friendly demeanor. Upon entering, one feels cozy, comfortable, and almost immediately hungry. The meal begins with fresh-baked Italian bread served with a side of raw garlic swimming in olive oil. If you still have an appetite afterwards, sample their excellent pasta in a variety of incarnations. The specialty here is seafood pasta, although more traditional fair is available. Sample the Tracciatella a la Mare for a mix of calamari, shrimp, chicken, onions and roasted peppers served in Alejo’s signature garlic tomato wine sauce. The sauce tastes good on a variety of pasta dishes, including Linguini a la Mare and Shrimp al Filleto. They also offer a selection of pizzas ranging in toppings from the traditional (sausage, mushroom) to the decadent (seafood or veal). The best part, aside from the completely reasonable prices, is the homey atmosphere and delightful staff (the latter of whom may send you home with extra bread, if you ask nicely). It’s located at 8343 Lincoln Blvd, in Westchester, but you may salivate over the menu online: www.alejosrestaurant.com/index.php. Beer and wine available.
February 14, 2011