Feb. 8, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A pizzeria and Italian food eatery will be opening on Vernon Boulevard in the coming weeks at the former site of L’Inizio, the pizzeria which was revealed to have been sold to new operators last month.
The new establishment, Centro Pizza Bar and Italian Kitchen, will likely open at 47-23 Vernon Blvd. by the end of February or early in March as co-owner Steve LoGiudice works to fix the restaurant up and obtain permits from the city.
The eatery’s vibe will echo traditional, casual New York City pizzerias, but with a modern look.
“It’s not a fancy sit down, but it’s not your typical pizza joint either,” LoGiudice said.
LoGuidice, whose father co-owns the new restaurant, says his goal is to create a welcoming space that has “a little something for everyone”, whether you want a quick slice to go, or a sit-down meal for lunch or dinner.
Menu items include customizable pizza pies, appetizers, soups, sandwiches, and pastas. Italian eatery staples like chicken parmigiana heroes, calzones, ravioli, and a variety of pastas will also be available. Large pies are expected to cost around $18, and a plate of chicken parm with pasta will be around $13.50.
The roughly 40-seat-restaurant will also serve beer and wine upon receiving its license.
LoGuidice, who grew up working in Gaby’s Pizza, the famed Queens Village pizzeria his father founded, says opening a restaurant in Long Island City was a project years in the making. “We’ve seen Long Island City develop into an amazing area,” he said. “It’s a great area, great vibe.”
The restaurant is expected to open until 11 p.m. on weekdays, and close at midnight on weekends.
Centro Pizza Bar and Italian Kitchen joins several pizzerias and Italian restaurants on Vernon Boulevard, including Manducatis Rustica, Bella Via, and Slice.