Feb. 4, 2015 By Christian Murray
The large upscale Italian restaurant that will be located at 46-10 Center Boulevard is expected to open in April.
Rocco Sacramone, the co-owner of the restaurant who is also the head chef at the acclaimed Astoria eatery Trattoria L’incontro, said that construction is expected to be done by the end of February.
The restaurant, which has yet to be named, will be 8,000 square feet and will seat about 180 people in the dining area and about 75 in the patio area. That patio area faces the back of the Pepsi sign and out onto the East River.
Sacrome said that he will be training staff in March with the intention to open the restaurant in early April.
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.
Sacramone said that the menu at the Center Boulevard location will be very similar to his Astoria restaurant.
He said he selected Hunters Point as a place to open a second restaurant since it is a vibrant area and is close to his existing restaurant.
Sacramone, an Astoria resident, has two business partners, Robert Briskin and Tommy Demaras, both of whom live on Center Boulevard.