Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Set to Open on Monday at 17 Clinton Street

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 at 5:29 am by
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The Franks (Castronovo and Falcinelli) pretty much screwed the pooch after altering their successful Frankies 17 into something completely different. Francesca, as it was known, was essentially a Basque tapas experiment with chef Ryan Barltlow manning the kitchen; it barely lasted six months after the conversion. In swooped Queens mainstay Rizzo’s Fine Pizza, which already boasts a second oven on the Upper East Side.

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Wine and beer license was activated at 17 Clinton Street back in June, but it’s taken the summer to organize the interior. In that timeframe, brown window shades obstructed any view of progress, but leafing satiated the proverbial appetite. But now the 54-year-old Rizzo’s is ready to rock n roll on the Lower East Side. We stopped by yesterday afternoon and were able to filch a glimpse of the new space. It appears one side is a dedicated to sit-down restaurant, while the other is more by-the-slice service.

Grand opening is slated for Monday at 4pm. Don’t burn the roof of your mouth.

What do you think, good for the neighborhood?

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[Photo: Rizzo’s]

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