June 4, 2015 By Christian Murray
A large upscale Italian restaurant that will be located at 46-10 Center Boulevard is expected to open in next week.
Robert Briskin, a Long Island City resident and co-owner of the establishment, said the restaurant will open on Tuesday, June 9. It will be called Maiella, after a mountain range in central Italy. The eatery has been open in the last week to family and friends.
The restaurant is also co-owned by Rocco Sacramone, the acclaimed owner/chef at Trattoria L’incontro in Astoria.
Sacramone’s Trattoria L’incontro, which opened at 21-76 31st Ave. in Astoria in 1999, is among the highest ranked Italian restaurants in New York City, according Zagat. The restaurant is known for its high-end pasta dishes and wine selection.
Maiella is about 8,000 square feet and will seat nearly 200 people in the dining area and about 100 in the patio area. That patio area faces the back of the Pepsi sign and out onto the East River. There is also a private dining and tasting room.
Briskin said that the menu at the Center Boulevard location will be very similar to Sacramone’s Astoria restaurant.
Briskin has two business partners—Sacramone and Tommy Demaras, who lives on Center Boulevard.
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