After eyeing Christian Petroni (chef and co-owner of Fortina’s) Instagram I was very happy to see a new location opening in Yonkers, NY (My hometown). It’s located in North Yonkers.. off North Broadway (behind the Apple Bees). They are revamping the area. A plush Blow is opening as well as a Taco Project..
Anyway, back to Fortina.. I was making dinner plans to head to the Stamford, CT location to get my fix. However, I received a last min invite to a soft opening in Yonkers!!!! So best believe I was there..
They have Great parking! The building is super cool in an old industrial building. They did a great job on the inside. Lots of exposed brick and Grafitti/street art gives it a really hip vibe. You totally don’t feel like you are in Yonkers or in a Pizza restaurant. The servers and the staff are so attentive and friendly. I have yet to be in any other restaurant with such cool staff. It has a great open concept where you can see what is going on in the kitchen and bar area.
The food!! Their goal was for the food to taste as ahhhmazing at the other 3 locations and they have succeeded. The food is just as delicious as the other fabulous locations.
Wine and cocktails are top notch (same menu).
Pasta is perfectly al dente just how I like it!
Garlic bread is crusty and cheesy just how it should be with a side of Marinara.
The cannoli is stuffed with a surpirse (nutella). I find it to be much more heavenly tasting than the ones on Arthur Ave and Lil Italy.
Since it was the soft opening, the man himself Christian Petroni was there making the rounds. I got to chat him up a bit about his latest creation Fortina in Yonkers. He was giving us a rundown on the space and talking about the big garden that is going to be outside with a wood burning hearth. He has been a hard guy to get a hold of between this new project, the new Brooklyn location, and of course the birth of his first born child. He is such a great, friendly, and charismatic guy that you can’t help but want good things to happen for him.
Have you checked out Fortina in Yonkers yet ?!
They are officially open!
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