Born in Trieste, Italy, and raised in the restaurant business in New York, Chef Kenny Purisico knows authentic Italian cuisine. “I was in the kitchen since I was 11 years old,” he says in his Brooklyn-meets-Italian accent. He opened Molino’s Ristorante at The Promenade in the shopping center’s heyday in 2003 and is one of the few tenants to weather the economic downturn, being one of the area’s premier dining destinations. Now, Purisico is excited to be part of the reenergizing of The Promenade, with its lovely water features, walkways and European- style architecture.

Tranquility was in the air as we strolled past the fl owing waterfall near the entrance to Molino’s. A large, covered patio seating 60 overlooks the water feature and gardens, providing the ideal place for open-air dining. Inside, soft music invited us to relax in Old Italy while admiring the majestic columns and elegant draperies. We were seated with a splendid view of the gardens, but many other special seating options are available. An elegant alcove with Venetian windows provides a beautiful and intimate setting for a party of six.

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The wine cellar room accommodates up to a dozen guests for private dining, with walls of bottled wines sparking a festive mood. Another private table set apart from the main dining area offers a wine cellar view for a party of six. While Molino’s earns high marks for its aesthetic atmosphere, it also delivers when it comes to quality of food. Authentic pasta dishes are only the beginning. Succulent seafood, chicken and veal dishes feature fresh ingredients and flavorful sauces. Paired with one of Molino’s fine wines, this dining experience is fi t for any special occasion – or for simply celebrating the everyday beauty of life.

Molino’s is a journey into the best Italy has to offer. It’s easy to see why this “ristorante” has been a local favorite for 11 years and counting.

OUR FAVORITES

01. INSALATA TRI COLORE

This salad is as appealing to the eye as it is to the taste. Large shavings of aged parmigiana cheese top this bed of arugula, endive, radichio and petite tomatoes, adding excitement to the greens. Top with olive oil and vinegar for a healthy starter to your meal.

02. LINGUINE INTEGRALLE

Chef Kenny knows how to do pasta. Healthy whole wheat linguine is the base for this dish, but the sauce makes it superb. Italian sausage, eggplant and mushrooms blend to create this pleasing pasta dish.

03. PESCE DA TAGLIO ALLA SULTANINA

This fabulous seafood dish stars pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass, giving a pleasant crunch to the exterior, with soft, flaky fish at the core. It’s a delight to the taste buds with its creamy lemon wine sauce and extra flavor from cooked artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes.

04. OSSO BUCO

Molino’s offers many specials, and Osso Buco is one not to be missed. Tender roasted veal shank is served with Saffron Risotto and vegetables. A sprig of rosemary on top makes this a lovely choice for Italian comfort food.

05. COCONUT SORBET

Save room for dessert! Molino’s offers some creative choices like this authentic Italian Coconut Sorbet served in a real coconut shell. You’ll be scooping out the last bite of this festive, creamy dessert.

06. TIRAMISU

No Italian dining experience is complete without Tiramisu, and Molino’s does this dessert right. Made with Ladyfingers, espresso, Kahlua, mascarpone cheese and Tia Maria liqueur, this beautiful dessert is light yet creamy and indulgent all at once – the perfect ending to a gourmet meal.

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