International chain of Italian restaurants to open in Long Island City next year


Serafina, a popular international Italian restaurant chain, will open next year at the newly built Jackson Park complex in Long Island City (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

December 7, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A popular Italian restaurant chain with locations around the world is opening a location in a new development in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City.

Serafina – which has restaurants in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, India, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – will open in the second half of 2022 inside the Jackson Park complex recently. built, according to a spokesperson for the channel. . The restaurant was originally scheduled to open this winter, but suffered delays.

Jackson Park’s three-tower, mixed-use development is located between 28-30 and 28-40 Jackson Ave.

The company will occupy 2,500 square feet of space on the ground floor of the easternmost tower, located at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Jackson Avenue.

The new restaurant will be the company’s first in Queens and will represent its twelfth in New York City. The company’s other New York City restaurants are all in Manhattan, according to its website.

Serafina, which was established in 1995, offers its guests rustic Italian dishes such as pasta, pizza, seafood and meat dishes. It also serves a range of salads and vegetarian options as well as brunch options of eggs and pancakes.

The restaurant will be open for indoor dining and take-out.

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday.

Serafina was started in Manhattan by business partners Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato after discussing eating pizza when the couple ran aground at sea in 1994. They focused on pizza to distract them from the cold elements while ‘they were waiting in the dark to be rescued.

They vowed to open a restaurant to serve the perfect pizza if they survived the ordeal.

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