A lush shrimp Bruno — shrimp that’s been lightly floured and sautéed until golden, and finished in a lemon and white wine Dijon mustard sauce — is another of Debow’s favorites. “Shrimp Bruno was made famous at the Palm Restaurant in New York City,” she recalled. “This recipe has shown up on menus around the world and ours is the original, and we think the best second only to the Palm’s.” If you’re not drooling by now, don’t worry — there’s even more on this extensive menu including salads, sides, heroes (that’s New York-speak for a hoagie or a sub) and, most recently, a changing menu of juicy half-pound Angus steak burgers that will satisfy the most devoted meat eater in your family. Then, of course, there’s pizza. Chicagoans may argue the point, but there’s nothing like a New York slice with a tender yet sturdy crust that lets you fold it and eat it the New York way while still corralling all those toppings you couldn’t resist adding. No forks or knives necessary here; in fact, they might be heresy. “Our pizzas and calzones are hand-rolled and made-to-order,” said Debow, noting they offer dozens of toppings and selections of cheese from which to choose. “A large pie with multiple toppings may take 25 minutes to prepare and bake, so if you’re eating in, then enjoy one of our appetizers or salads while you wait. If you want to take out, or just want your pizza ready when you get here, then we welcome you to phone in your order. “And if you have special dietary needs, please let us know,” Debow added. “We have gluten-free and vegan options throughout the menu and will gladly accommodate your requests.” With your meal you’ve probably enjoyed a selection of craft beers, exclusively Italian wines and wine cocktails, but now it’s time for an espresso and dessert including such standards as cannoli di ricotta, New York cheesecake and tiramisu. However, Mondo’s gelato shop may be what ultimately tempts you with its two dozen creamy, dreamy flavors and a toppings bar with all your favorites. The choice is yours and Debow certainly doesn’t apologize for making it hard to choose. “This is as close as I can get to giving locals and visitors an authentic peek into the best of New York’s Italian cuisine,” Debow smiled. And, she added, don’t forget Mondo Italiano as a venue for your special event or for your catering needs. Eat in; take out. Either way, your taste buds will say, “Grazie.” Mondo Italiano Find at 832 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. To call in an order or for more information, call You may also visit (575) 758-1329. mondoitalianotaos.com. 29 TA O S M E N U S . C O M
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