Il Punto Founder Plans New Italian Restaurant

A brand new Italian restaurant is opening in Hell's Kitchen.
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Happy Friday, New York! The week is almost over and in this city that can only mean one thing – binging ourselves on pasta and wine until we wake back up late Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, the founder of one of Midtown’s best Italian restaurants is planning a brand new project for Hell’s Kitchen, bringing that reality that much closer to us.

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Seasoned restaurateur Antonino Pecora founded Il Punto Ristorante in 2004 and is still going strong today, nearly two decades later. Located just three blocks form the Javits Center, Pecora founded Il Punto as a “destination point” where visitors from across the world can come to enjoy a true Italian culinary experience. Inspired by Pecora’s Italian heritage, Il Punto has brought together folks from all walks of life to share in the joy of authentic Italian cuisine. In addition to Il Punto, Pecora also operated Gloria Restaurant and Magna Restaurant.

Now, Pecora is planning a brand new project called @ Pozzo Vivio at 690 Ninth Avenue. Formerly a Thai Restaurant known as Room Service, the location is spacious and inviting, with enough room to seat 61 guests at one time. Currently applying for a full liquor license from the state of New York, @ Pozzo Vivo is expected to be open daily from 11:30AM – 11:00PM.

Serving up traditional Italian fare, Pecora is bringing on Donato Deserio to serve as chef and manager. Together, the two will craft delectable Italian dishes like tagliata di Manzo, timballo al forno alla bolognesa, and polpo alla griglia. In addition to pasta and entrees, the enw restaurant will also serve Italian small plates known as Stuzzichini, and will offer light dishes like rotolini and salmon affumicato. With Pecora’s leadership and Chef Donato’s culinary expertise, @ Pozzo Vivio is sure to become a longstanding icon like Il Punto Ristorante.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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