Italiana’s Brings Family Friendly Dining To New City

Family owned restaurant specializes in brick oven pizza and classic Italian dishes


Italiana’s Brick Oven Pizzeria Bar & Grill quietly opened its doors on Wednesday night to its first customers.

“There’s been a lot of anticipation,” said Co-owner and Executive Chef Peter Angelakos.

He said people were checking on the status of the restaurant’s renovation and calling and stopping by to find out when it would open.  Many of those inquiries came from patrons of the two Bergen County, NJ restaurants also owned by the partners, Roxanne’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Grill in Mahwah and Varka Estiatorio in Ramsey.

The renovation took several months because brick ovens were added in order to create the restaurant’s “Authentic Old World New York Thin Crust Pizza.” The space for the brick ovens was added onto the building, which formerly housed Pasta Cucina.  

Angelakos said the structure got a facelift inside and outside. During the renovations, they discovered a brick wall that had been covered up and decided to leave it exposed. The main dining room seats 150 guests, who can get a bird’s eye of pizza being prepared.

Every item on Italiana’s menu is offered in individual or family size portions.

“We do thin crust pizza, said Angelakos. “We do a lot of family style dining. We’re a very family friendly, kids friendly type of place.” 

The family emphasis is strong among the owners.  His partners in the South Little Tor Road restaurant are his aunt, uncle and cousin, Roxanne and Pete Mastorakos, and their son, Theo.

The location and size of the restaurant appealed to the new owners.  Theo Mastorakos said a number of their customers at Roxanne’s live in Clarkstown and were asking them to open an eatery in Rockland County.

He said they expect to have a grand opening within the next few weeks to christen the second floor banquet room.  That room is versatile, able to accommodate 100 people with a dance floor or 120 if the dance floor is not needed with a choice of either a sit-down meal or a buffet.

“We have six menus that we have for our patrons or we can create menus,” explained Theo Mastorakos.

richard hertz January 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM
how long till king alex is there eating for free
William Demarest February 01, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Congratulations on the new restaurant!
Bradley Jensen February 01, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I hope that's it's good and reasonably priced. Otherwise, it won't last for long.
GWH February 01, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Went there for dinner last night. Food was excellent. All around us seemed to enjoy whatever was brought to their table. Service and wait staff could be more professional. They need to be trained on how to serve and take away food properly. And speaking and understanding English could be better. Parking lot needs work. They need to clearly define the entrance and exit and make sure the lights in the parking lot work properly. This was the same problem that previous tenants had and nobody seems to be willing or able to fix it. I saw people driving into the parking lot where parking spaces are because they did not know where the entrance was. Fix these few things and you will have a very nice dining experience here. Good luck.
J H February 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM
We were here recently, and the food was excellent. Service was very good too - but this restaurant suffers from the same flaw as many others in the area - the noise level is UNBEARABLE! Restauranteurs need to have something other than solid walls/floor/ceiling - they need drapery and other acoustic absorbing material to deaden the noise level. If they could fix this problem, this place would survive and flourish!


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