Here’s what you need to know about Patrizia’s in Fort Lauderdale, their first restaurant outside of New York

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Patrizia’s is coming to Galt Ocean Mile.

The family-owned Italian restaurant will open sometime this spring, possibly in April, in the space that formerly housed Jackson’s Prime steakhouse, according to the chain’s website.

This will be the first location outside of New York, where there are 11 restaurants spread across all five boroughs as well as one in Red Bank, N.J.

“We though it was an amazing opportunity,” says managing partner Gennaro Frezza. “A lot of our following...in New York also live in Fort Lauderdale. Even pre-pandemic our customers were asking us when we were opening in South Florida. A lot of customers that left during the pandemic went to South Florida.”

Founded in the Bronx by brothers and chefs Giacomo and Gennaro Alaio in 1991, Patrizia’s bills itself as a mid-price restaurant with a family event vibe (waiters famously whirl linen napkins over their heads while singing for guests celebrating birthdays).

Frezza say that they are considering adding a raw bar to the Fort Lauderdale location, a first for the restaurant chain.

“We have homemade pastas, fresh Mediterranean fish,” he says. “We’e looking at some prime cut meats. We’re also looking to work with some local farms...for the best produce. Oh, and our homemade desserts, we specialize in homemade desserts.”

On the Manhattan menu, starters and salads are $12-$19, pastas $19-$23, pizzas $14-$23 and entrees (veal, chicken, seafood, steaks/lamb chops/sausages) $23-$34. All desserts average $6-$12 and Frezza adds that customers should try, “Our signature homemade puffed pastry with Nutella hazelnut spread.”


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