Pomodoro celebrates 10th anniversary with updated menu, wine list

Pomodoro Pizzeria & Trattoria will celebrate its 10th birthday this year with an updated menu, wine list and new décor at their 1247 East Putnam Avenue location in Riverside.

“Pomodoro has had a recent face lift,” said Mark Mazzotta, founder and co-owner, along with his brother Joe, of the popular eatery. “We have refreshed our establishment with a new interior and a newly enhanced menu, while still remaining an authentic Italian bistro. We’ve added a veiny white Italian marble wine bar and are now featuring Italian and local craft draft beer, sleek new banquets, chairs and stools, new uniforms and, most importantly, an upgraded dinner and lunch menu with an approachable ‘sweet spot’ wine list.”

As Italian-Americans proud of their Calabrian heritage, the Mazzotta brothers pride themselves on providing their loyal clientele with the rustic, flavorful, generations-old recipes from Italy’s ‘boot’ that they grew up with at home. Their ingredient-driven menu features a variety of regional Italian culinary treasures and runs the gamut from multiple selections of authentic Italian brick oven pizza, panini, wraps and tramezzini to homemade soups, designer salads and more than 25 pastas and entrees.

 

At this time of year, Mark said he likes to bring in local orchard apples, pears, fall squash or last minute tomatoes and zucchini from his own garden or other Fairfield/Westchester area farms.

“We honor Italy’s cooking principles by focusing on simple, pure ingredients,” he said. “Our menu screams seasonality and we offer innovative seasonal specials that are posted daily on the website and are always attracting people in to indulge.”

Over the years the Mazzotta brothers paid their dues, working in restaurants throughout the tri-state area.

“We worked from the ‘front of the house’ to the ‘back of the house,’ from dishwasher and potato peeler to busboy and waiter and everything in between before moving onto management and ownership,” Mark said.

Along the way, the pair learned every angle of the food industry, and discovered their own innate passion for the fine craft of attentive Italian cooking and wine making, which first began at home among parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

The brothers also own and run the long-established eatery Amore Pizzeria & Pasta in Armonk, N.Y., which opened in 1998.

Pomodoro Pizzeria & Trattoria is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information visit Pomodororiverside.com or call 203-698-7779.

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