Picture by Michelle Gillan Larkin
A spinoff of Pizza & Brew cafe in Scarsdale, the eatery by John Racanelli delivers vintage Italian American fare to Yonkers.
In launching the 2nd spin-off of his father’s longstanding and well-liked Pizza & Brew cafe, John Racanelli set out to build an “approachable Italian American eatery that would be obtainable to all.” In other text: “Not so much a put to dine but a place to eat,” points out Racanelli of 1st Era Hospitality, which has owned and operated Scarsdale’s Pizza & Brew since 1974, additionally the more latest By means of Forno Wood Fired Pizza & Vinoteca, also in Scarsdale, and now, General public Pizza Italian Restaurant & Bar in Yonkers’ Ridge Hill. With standard, anticipated Italian comfort classics served aspect by aspect with not-so-anticipated, standard American fare “simply well prepared with top quality substances in outsized portions,” Racanelli suggests, “this is a location the place you could consume every day.”
Community Pizza opened in mid-February but closed a month afterwards, when COVID shuttered Ridge Hill. An early-July next grand opening, of types, authorized an additional opportunity to showcase a vibe that is distinctly upscale and up-to-the-minute, with an unmistakable down-dwelling, laid-again experience. “The assortment of colours in the interior is to convey a experience of modernism,” says Racanelli, “with the comfort and familiarity you get from a booth.” Definitely, a nostalgic nod to his dad’s primary concept.
These types of a uniquely blended ambiance pairs well with a menu that mixes up standard Italian favorites, like New York-fashion pizza, fried calamari, ricotta-dolloped meatballs and spaghetti, hen parm, and mountainous zuppa di pesce, with an elevated burger on a brioche bun with fried egg, avocado, and sweet potato fries spicy mango wings, strip steak, paninis, and inventive salads. A glass of Chianti or, a lot more probably for the hip locale, a seasonal craft cocktail washes it all down. “So many people are cooking less and considerably less these times we wanted to make an in depth menu you could love a few times a 7 days and hardly ever get bored,” Racanelli claims.
The bulk (90%) of the offerings, together with appetizers and sandwiches, are served solo or relatives-design and style, and despite the fact that the tiramisu (dwelling-made, day-to-day) is for just one, it can be conveniently shared by 3. “Homestyle Italian American cooking and eating, that’s the way I was elevated,” claims Racanelli, “and which is what I want to provide to the Ridge Hill local community.”
Community Pizza Italian Cafe & Bar
193 Current market St, Ridge Hill