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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.



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.



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.

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.