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Patrizia’s Italian eatery replaces Valentino’s on Green in Bayside

Gennaro Alaio (l.) and Anthony Spinelli, owners of Patrizia's of Bayside. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A Bayside restaurant known for its classy approach to dining has changed hands and its name in exchange for a more affordable alternative.

According to a spokesman from the city Parks Department, Valentino’s on the Green has closed for good, handing the keys over to brothers Giacomo and Gennaro Alaio earlier this month and changing the eatery’s name to Patrizia’s of Bayside.

The Parks-owned restaurant held its official opening June 12 at 201-10 Cross Island Pkwy. and features an entirely revamped Italian-style menu.

Gennaro Alaio said what sets the new eatery apart from its previous incarnation is a more moderately priced approach to Italian cuisine. And in addition to the bigger portions of food and extreme focus on quality, the part-owner said he was excited to bring the Patrizia’s name to Bayside.

The Alaio brothers said the restaurant is now under a 17-year lease.

Gennaro Alaio said he and his brother’s reputation spans extends far beyond Queens as they also operate restaurants in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Stamford, Conn.

“People should feel comfortable coming to a place like Patrizia’s because we have a reputation and are already established,” Alaio said. “We are trying to gain a presence in every borough and we saw Bayside as a great opportunity for us.”

According to the new owners, the restaurant’s first week was extremely busy, with more than 1,000 dinners served without the help of advertising.

Parks said the new establishment’s moderate pricing should draw more customers and attract a greater demographic.

Patrizia’s of Bayside will be open Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner hours only. Alaio added that Patrizia’s would still honor old Valentino’s gift certificates and reservations.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Matt says:
Anything close to Patricia's of throgs neck would be a great find. Havent gone yet. It looking foward toward it.
July 7, 2012, 6:01 pm
Joe The Plumber from Bronx N.Y says:
Went to eat with my family to try the food since I have already tryed the Patrizias of Stamford Connecticut and Patricias of E Tremont in the Bronx.
I ordered the family menu for myself and I must say every thing they brought out was excellent like usual.
I tryed someone elses filet mignon and the pork braciole at my table and it was excellent.
Traditional Italian food same great taste as the rest of the Patricias, with a few extra exquisite selections on the menu.
Nov. 25, 2012, 4:10 pm
Andrew G says:
Those guys are the best. The wait staff are frienlly & helpful. The food is terrific. What more can you want?
You have to go there.
Dec. 22, 2012, 3:16 pm
Maddy from Queens says:
I went there on a Saturday night. Food was OK, not great. The service was lacking - long delays and the server kept forgetting our orders. The main room of the restaurant is very noisy. It was hard to hear what people sitting right next to me were saying.
Feb. 2, 2013, 2:33 pm

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