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Bayside restaurant Vivaldi celebrates grand opening


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Vivaldi, at 201-10 Cross Island Parkway, celebrated its grand opening on July 23.

“I feel excellent for being able to bring it to opening day today,” said operator George Makkos. “I’m happy to be here.”

The restaurant replaces Patrizia’s of Bayside. It was also once Caffe on the Green and Valentino’s on the Green.

 

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New owner looks to end unlucky streak at former Patrizia’s of Bayside site


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The new owner of a luckless Bayside restaurant site is determined to end a streak of bad breaks at the locale.

“We’re going to bring it back to its original glory,” said George Makkos, whose newest restaurant, Vivaldi, replaces Patrizia’s of Bayside.

The 201-10 Cross Island Parkway building had been a revolving door of new management since the popular Caffe on the Green closed in 2009.

Valentino’s on the Green took over after that, but was soon followed by Patrizia’s. Patrizia’s shut down after less than a year in business.

Vivaldi is set to open for dinner in the first or second week of June.

“I don’t want to compare myself to anybody,” said Makkos, 51, of Manhattan. “I cannot speak for anybody else. I can only speak for what I stand for, and I stand for quality, perfection, impeccable service and attentiveness to the customer.”

A Parks Department spokesperson said Makkos has a record of running successful upscale restaurants. The president of 123 Restaurant Group, he operates several wedding venues and catering halls in Queens, Manhattan and Long Island, including Battery Gardens and the Venetian Yacht Club.

Makkos said the menu will feature homemade dishes cooked to original recipes concocted by Caffe’s former executive chef. He added that Vivaldi will use the finest ingredients on everything including brick-oven pizza.

While the menu and prices have not been finalized, Makkos said there will be “gracious portions for a value.” Food options will also change to refl ect the season, with lighter dishes in the summer.

Vivaldi is in the process of obtaining a liquor license. The restaurant will be open seven days a week. After the June launch, it will expand to offer lunch and catering along with dinner.

 

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Parks Department finds new operator for Patrizia’s of Bayside


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Patrizia’s of Bayside, the former site of Caffe on the Green and Valentino’s on the Green, has found a new operator, according to Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.

“We are very excited that a new concessionaire will be operating the former Valentino’s on the Green and look forward to the reopening,” said Lewandowski.

The new operator, 123 Restaurant Group is owned by George Makkos and Paul Nicaji. the pair who run the successful Battery Gardens restaurant in Battery Park. Makkos is also the operator of Terrace on the Park, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Although 123 has not decided on a name for the future Italian restaurant, they are interested in keeping the Valentino connection and may call it Villa Valentino, said Lewandowski.

It is expected to open in about two months after they obtain a liquor license transfer and make some minor changes to the interior.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Couple’s wedding plans botched by Queens banquet hall Patrizia’s


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A bride-to-be almost had her big day botched when an embattled Bayside banquet hall began shirking her calls two months before her nuptials, The Courier has learned.

Kathryn Martino-Miranda and her fiancé Erik Lopez had booked their March 3 wedding ceremony and reception at Patrizia’s of Bayside in November 2012, signing a $5,000 contract for a party of 55 people.

But when the Merrick, Long Island couple called back one month later, they said management would not return calls, emails bounced and voicemails could not be left.

“There was no way to get in touch with them. I felt like the rug was pulled out under me,” said Martino-Miranda, 36. “It’s cowardly not to call people back. It’s such a special day for the whole family, not just the bride and groom. It took us by so much surprise.”

Patrizia’s halted lunch and dinner service at its 201-10 Cross Island Parkway site in December 2012, The Courier reported, after being open less than a year. Officials at the family-style Italian eatery said they were only offering catering events.

The restaurant honored three full parties on January 7, according to a source close to Patrizia’s operators, but could not confirm they would uphold their March commitment to the lovebirds.

“That’s a business decision my partners and I are going to have to make,” said Paul Kolaj, business advisor and brother to Giorgio Kolaj, who is one of Patrizia’s operators. “We are doing our best to honor every party. We really are.”

Kolaj said Patrizia’s business owners would refund deposits if they could not fulfill their promises, but Martino-Miranda said she still has not heard back from a single manager or owner.

“It’s sort of heartless. You have two families who are really excited to celebrate a day like this. It creates an incredible amount of stress,” Martino-Miranda said. “You have a financial budget. You have things planned. It really threw everything for a loop. How do you do this to people?”

The pair, who have since found a new site for their reception, said they had to shell out another $500 for new and expedited invitations.

They do not expect to be reimbursed their $200 deposit.

“I didn’t feel comfortable trusting them with such a big day like that,” the future bride said. “I hope no one does this to their daughter.”

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Patrizia’s of Bayside now only for parties


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A Bayside restaurant has stopped serving lunch and dinner and will only offer catering services after less than one year of being open, The Courier has learned.

Patrizia’s of Bayside took over its 201-10 Cross Island Parkway home in June, when popular but upscale Valentino’s on the Green shuttered.

According to a spokesperson for the Parks Department, which owns the site, the family-style Italian eatery is now only open for catered events.

“Their a la carte restaurant is not open at this time,” a spokesperson said. “We are currently discussing their operating schedule going forward.”

Patrizia’s is under a 17-year lease, officials said.

Former Valentino’s proprietor Giorgio Kolaj, who is back to running the facility, said Patrizia’s is “catering to a full house of parties for the month and needs all the space to accommodate the guests.”

Valentino’s closed its doors earlier this year when it could not keep up with the flailing economy, Kolaj told The Courier back in June. He and the Parks Department said they expected Patrizia’s moderately priced menu items to keep business afloat.

Brothers Gennaro and Giacomo Alaio, who took over operations when Patrizia’s opened, did not return calls for comment.

Senior Umbrella Network hosts luncheon


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The Senior Umbrella Network of Queens (SUN-Queens) held its annual end-of-the-year luncheon on June 26 at Patrizia’s of Bayside.

SUN-Queens consists of professionals who work specifically with seniors. They also provide resources for caregivers of older adults, as well as serve as a way for professionals to network, learn and advocate.

At the luncheon, Senator Toby Stavisky briefly spoke of the problems that the senior care facilities and community centers are facing. She also commended the administrators and founders for their hard work in keeping and maintaining them well.

SUN-Queens and Stavisky then awarded a scholarship to recipient Amiel Choy, a York College student, who is currently pursuing a field of study in gerontology, which focuses on the care of the elderly and older adults.

 

Valentino’s on the Green sold, reopened as Patrizia’s of Bayside


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A popular, upscale Bayside eatery has reopened under a new name and management after its former proprietor struck a deal with new operators, citing the flailing economy as a major reason for the change.

Valentino’s on the Green — formerly Caffe on the Green — shuttered and was taken over by brothers Gennaro and Giacomo Alaio for an undisclosed amount last week. The renamed restaurant and catering company, Patrizia’s of Bayside, opened for business on Tuesday, June 12, at the 201-10 Cross Island Parkway site, which is owned by the Parks Department.

According to the brothers, Patrizia’s will have a new menu featuring family-style Italian cuisine and moderate pricing — a decision previous proprietor Giorgio Kolaj said would make all the difference.

Kolaj, who operated Valentino’s for a little over a year, said he has high hopes for the new establishment after searching for an operator who would provide quality Italian food with prices that work with the current economy.

“Patrizia’s more affordable prices make sense in this economy and should help to attract more customers,” said a spokesperson for the Parks Department.

The agency approved the change after receiving a request from the Friendship Restaurant Group, Valentino’s concessionaire under Kolaj. Patrizia’s is now under a 17-year lease, said the Alaios. It will be open for dinner only, for now, six days a week, excluding Mondays.

The new operators said they are honoring all Valentino’s gift cards and certificates, as well as existing catering party contracts.

The Alaios are also owners of three other restaurants in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Connecticut.