Staten Island EatBeat - Da Nico Ristorante
Owner | Nicky and Annette CriscitelliOpened | September 2014
Seating Capacity | 95
Signature Dish | Lobster Fra Diavolo
Nicky’s Favorite Dish | Coal-fired Pizza
Hours of Operation | Monday to Thursday: Noon – 11 p.m.;
Friday to Saturday: Noon to Midnight; Sunday: Noon – 10 p.m.
In the spring of 2014, Nicky Criscitelli and his mother Annette brought the flavor of Manhattan to the South Shore when they opened Da Nico Ristorante on Amboy Road. Now, nearly two years a later, Nicky has seen the restaurant grow to be part of the fabric of the Tottenville community.
Inside, the Italian restaurant provides white tablecloth dining accented with its mural of a Little Italy market, a granite bar, and a brick façade. The elegant, comfortable and unintimidating atmosphere is the ambiance Nicky wanted to create when he opened the extension of their Mulberry Street location.
“Da Nico in Staten Island is designed to resemble our Manhattan restaurant,” he says. “It gives our customers the flavor and feel of Manhattan with a homey and family-oriented atmosphere.”
Executive Chef Mario Esposito leads the kitchen staff in preparing a diverse Italian menu with fresh ingredients delivered daily. With everything from coal-fired pizza and Italian staples like Linguine Di Pesce and Veal Parmigiana, to house specialties like Lobster Fra Diavolo, Da Nico offers something for every appetite.
“Lobster, veal chops, steaks, gnocchi, vodka sauces, you name it, we do it all,” Nicky says. “We made Da Nico here more of a casual dining establishment. Whether you order something simple or fancy, everybody at the table will be happy.”
Because most menu items are made from scratch, Da Nico has gluten-free and vegetarian options available, including gluten-free pasta and whole-wheat pasta. “Whatever our guests would like, we do our best to accommodate them,” Nicky says.
Each meal can be complemented by a bottle of Da Nico’s private label house wines, or one from their extensive wine list – and finished off with a hot, homemade zeppole on the house.
Da Nico also offers catering for private parties, both on and off-premises. Their separate dining areas can be reserved for celebrations at the restaurant, or they will deliver catering to a site elsewhere in the borough. A large parking lot in the back of the restaurant, as well as valet service on Friday and Saturday, makes dining at Da Nico convenient, no matter how large or small your party is.
Da Nico and his mother have been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, and they know what it takes to serve and please New Yorkers. “We kept the old-world feel and touch of our Mulberry Street restaurant,” Nicky says, “and we’re not getting away from what we started out as: a family atmosphere and a place for a get-together with great food for all occasions.”