August 29, By Christian Murray
A new restaurant serving wood-fire pizza and high-end American-Italian fare is scheduled to open on Center Boulevard in early September.
Piatto, which is opening across the street from Hunters Point South Park at 1-50 50th Avenue, will offer Italian favorites—such as Chicken Marsala–but with an American twist. There will be items for vegans and vegetarians and various eclectic dishes.
“We will be offering New American prep on Italian cuisine,” said Corey Cash, who has worked at Le Cirque and Eleven Madison Park, both high-end Manhattan restaurants. “It’s not traditional Italian, we have a lot of creative dishes.” (see menu below)
The restaurant, which will be open from 11am through 11pm seven days per week, aims to cater to all groups. There are big-screen TVs for sports fans; there is fine dining for couples; and a kids’ menu to entice families.
The establishment features a large bar–with 14 seats–that looks out onto the East River and the skyline views.
The restaurant will be open until 1 am on the weekends and Cash will be creating a bar menu for the hours between 11pm—1 am. The bar will serve wine, beer and liquor. There will be a seasonal cocktail menu and five beers on tap.
The restaurant is owned by Giancarlo Coco, who has several eateries in New York, and Chris Maridou, a first time owner who will be the manager.
“We expect to open early September,” Maridou said, adding that they are waiting on the city to sign off on permits.
The restaurant will offer valet parking.
Cash is optimistic about the restaurant and its future.
“The fact that we are right off the ferry, the fact that we have this view, the fact that we are in the middle of one of the fasting growing neighborhoods…I would say we are definitely right time, right place.