Polpettina – Real Food, Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired


Polpettina is Italian for ‘little meatball’ and that humble dish is our restaurant’s inspiration. Our cuisine is all about locally sourced, high-quality ingredients prepared simply, showing our love of food through each dish. We set out to create a comfortable, casual atmosphere where service matters … a place where we would want to be even on our days off.


After eight years in the kitchens of Westchester County staples Catania’s and Johnnie’s, Yonkers native Michael Abruzese’s passion for cooking was sparked. With these experiences under his belt, Michael formalized his training at the Culinary Institute of America, from which he graduated in 2000.

Following an internship at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, Michael’s next stop was Miami, where he trained under James Beard-award-winning chef Michael Schwartz at Nemo and Shoji Sushi. Here, Michael cultivated his love of Japanese cuisine and the expressiveness it embodies.

This experience served him well several years later, when he moved back to the Northeast and began working with Fernando and Gino Masci at Greenwich Village’s famed Il Mulino. Under Fernando’s mentorship, Michael was the natural choice to help open the doors and train the staff at Il Mulino Japan. When the franchise expanded to Dallas, Michael became the location’s Executive Chef. Michael’s next venture, Coal Vines, stemmed from his habit of making pizzas for the staff of Il Mulino’s Dallas outpost. They were so well received that he partnered with restaurateur Philip Romano to introduce Texas to New York-style pizza fired in the state’s first coal oven.


Kyle Inserra began his professional restaurant career in 2003 after graduating with honors from The French Culinary Institute. Working behind the stoves at such notable restaurants as Marco & Pepe and Anthony David’s in Hoboken, NJ, Kyle quickly earned his way up the ranks, and eventually went out on to build his own catering business, from the ground up. Providing creative culinary solutions for events ranging from private chef services and Fortune 500 corporate events and weddings – the company quickly became one of the “go-to” caterers in northern New Jersey.

Seeking a change, Kyle moved to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While there he was the Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director for a privately owned restaurant group with combined sales in excess of $14 million annually. In this role, Kyle was responsible for coordinating each restaurant’s catering and special events programs, from budgeting and logistics to menu development and execution. Kyle has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College.

102 Fisher Avenue Eastchester, NY
– midway between Route 22 & the Crestwood Train Station.

147 Larchmont Avenue Larchmont, NY


At the Pass :: Kendra Harrell Inserra

    Kendra has been behind the bar at Polpettina’s Eastchester location since day one in March 2011 – her loyal following of guests are known for waiting for a seat with her rather than taking an available table! Polpettina dish you can’t live without? Tomato basil pasta, every time. Red Sox or Yankees? Sox, of course! […]

Negronis for No Kid Hungry

Polpettina Larchmont is excited to be part of Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari. Through June 7th we’re celebrating one of the world’s great cocktails and rasing money for one of Polpettina’s favorite charities, No Kid Hungry. A portion of proceeds from each one sold will help this wonderful organization’s efforts to ensure that American children receive the […]

At The Pass :: Upcoming Polpettina Events

Join Polpettina at these awesome foodie events coming up in the next few weeks in Westchester and Manhattan! April 27 ::  Join us for an exclusive “Night Out for No Kid Hungry,” where New York City’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists will gather in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. May 2 […]

Party with Polpettina! Dining options for large parties

We have a new dining option for large parties at the Larchmont location! You can now make a reservation for 9 – 16 people at our large communal table. Parties will be served family style to make it faster, easier and more fun for you and your guests. Email our events manager to reserve the communal table or […]

Sound Bites :: Shrub It Off with Our Bloody Mary

Thanks to Lucy Baker from The Journal News / LoHud.com for including Polpettina’s signature Bloody Mary in her recent piece on the ‘new’ cocktail trend – shrubs and vinegars.  Come try it at Sunday Brunch in Larchmont from 11am – 3pm! (Brunch also available in Eastchester, sans Bloody Mary’s but with unlimited mimosas). We’re experimenting with some […]

Polpettina Caters!  Lunches, Events, Super Bowl Parties … we’ve got you covered!

Want all of your favorite Polpettina dishes to share with a group at home or your office?  We’d love to cater your next event. Recently, office catering for lunch has been popular – we’re happy to set up a recurring order for your organization.  Our pizzas, meatballs, sandwiches and more are easy to order for your special occasion with 48 hours […]

daily happy hour specials at Polpettina Larchmont!

Did you know that Monday – Friday from 3-6pm we offer amazing happy hour specials at the Polpettina Parchment bar? All our small plates – fried calamari, mussels, pork n’ polenta, escarole + beans, octopus + Polpettina’s signature eggplant chips are 50% off …  and if that isn’t tempting enough, all of our pizzas are also half […]

A Scary Good Polpettina Halloween Party!

 We’re hosting our first annual Polpettina Halloween party on Friday, October 31st!  The party starts at 9pm, featuring our customary classic cocktails, throwback beers, DJ Luis Williams (he’s the official performer for the New York Road Runners Club races and he is amazing!), and more! Get your creative juices flowing because we’ll have cash prizes for […]

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