By Phil Corso
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.
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