'Chopped' champ plans 'EAT Italian' restaurant concept on South Shore

Feb 07, 2018 2183

BY: Pamela Silvestri

With a bit of construction progress already, Maria Buonsante said it was hard to believe that just six days prior she had turned the key in the door at 655 Woodrow Rd., a stripped down storefront formerly home to McDonald's. The long-time restaurant maven has partnered Food Network "Chopped" champ Chef Franco Franzese to bring Staten Island its first "EAT Italian," a relaxed lunch and dinner concept with beer and wine, an outdoor patio plus grab-and-go items for the health-minded.

On a recent morning, Franco walked through the space, toward where the kitchen would be in the back of the restaurant, chatting excitedly about the menu: Fresh pastas, panini, signature salads, entrees to savor at a table plus gourmet pizzas.

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SOURCE: http://www.silive.com/

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