Ladle of Love


Image courtesy of Jen Wallers photostream on

Image courtesy of Jen Waller's photostream on

11 South Moger Avenue
Mount Kisco, New York

5 Second Summary:
Price Range- Soups $6-14 varying by size, Salads $6-13, Sandwiches $3-9 (at time of posting)
Ambiance- Friendly, homemade take-out
Cuisine- Soups, salads, sandwiches
Hits- Welcoming, friendly service and fresh, delicious ingredients
Misses- Take-out only, nowhere to sit!

There is a sign on the wall behind the small counter of Ladle of Love that reads, “Because Nice Matters.”  And, apparently, it wasn’t just a sign.  It’s a way of doing business.
A friend recently introduced me to Ladle of Love, an open kitchen serving gourmet soup to go, which was conceptualized when owner and Ladies Home Journal Magazine Editor Leslie Lampert responded to the 9/11 tragedy bringing her hearty soups to emergency personnel at Ground Zero.
When we entered the teeny storefront, prepared for hearty soup on a dreary, rainy day, we had difficulty deciding since several of the soups looked delicious.
“Would you like to try them?” the girl behind the counter asked.  “Try as many as you like!”
Because nice matters.
I tasted a creamy, delicious Harvest Celebration soup made with a predominantly butternut squash and sweet potato base, carrots, onions, Granny Smith apples (which I didn’t taste strongly), water, a touch of butter, and finished with a little cream, maple syrup, herbs & seasonings.
I was instructed to taste this soup before my other choice, a Tuscan Tomato made with a pureed tomato base, a bit of butter, onions, carrots, celery, a touch of cream, olive oil, and other seasonings.  After the Harvest Celebration, this soup was much more acidic but delicious in its own right.
I finally decided on a chunky vegetable soup, which was broth-based in comparison to the creaminess of the other two soups, with onions, garlic, tender carrot disks, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, chunks of tomato, sweet peas, green beans, water, olive oil, herbs, and spices.
To top it off, I had an irresistable tomato, mozzarella, and basil mini-panini with balsamic glaze on a small, round honey wheat bun (with sesame seeds) at an irresistable price of $2.50.  The tomato was a thick, fresh slice, and the basil was incredibly flavorful and pungent.  Knowing how spoiled I am when it comes to mozzarella, I thought the cheese could have been a little softer, but it was white, fresh, and moist.  The sweet balsamic and the nuttiness of the sesame seeds put this perfectly sized sandwich over the top.
The other sign in Ladle of Love says “Happiness is Homemade,” and I’m inclined to agree.  When people enjoy what they do and put love in their food, it shows.

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