Restaurant critic I am not, although I do eat out a bit, so I will weigh in first on the New Pete's Trattoria and Pizzaria owned by chef Geoff Puccia.
On the approach up Breen Avenue, diners are greeted with a new black sign that better contrasts with the deep red siding. Plants out front and a remade entranceway greet customers looking for sumptuous without the patina of corporate dining.
Matt and Mary Doheny Among Many Greeting Bartender Johnny Tufo on First NightInside, a clean, freshly painted look and a greeting by a chalk board with specials in colored chalk that compliments the pale gray walls and black trim, punctuated by black and white photos the owner took while in Italy.
Johnny Tufo was bartending and was affable but not as easy on the eyes as Caitlyn or Callie. Alcohol selection was limited as the license came late Friday, but the merlot was fine with a spacious bouquet wafting into the slightly over air conditioned air.
Now to the menu...did it change ? I had the old one memorized and the new one is different although it is a work in progress I am sure.
There are no sandwiches. No hamburgers, sausage, veal, chicken...Ooohh...That means I need to be open minded....
Pork Osso Bucco ? Sicilian Cod ? Utica Greens ? Oh, that's OK, I know where Utica is and I love the City.
There is veal and chicken parm, steak, ribs and the ever popular Ralphie Wings.
Calimari described as "tubes and tenticles"...Salad and bread were great.
Oh, they have pizza...I know what that is...
All of this requires more study than the first blush I got tonight...I will check it out further Sunday night....
They did keep the WiFi which is handy for those who like to be connected while eating. I am surprised more places don't offer it.