Nina Maria’s in Valhalla Gets Its Liquor License


Nina Marie’s Italian Restaurant, which took over the spot that was once the famed Franzl’s, a former (and very popular) German restaurant from yesteryear, recently got its liquor license. The bar area, painted a dark maroon and black, includes a comfortable mahonay bar and space for live entertainment. Thee wine list has choices from Italy, Argentina, France, New Zealand and California.

Owners Kimberly and Anthony Ciccone remodeled the restaurant, tearning out the old barn siding and replacing it with gold-colored Ventian plaster, houseplants and custom tile work. They named the restaurant after their new baby daughter, and are serving their nonnas’ recipes, including the signature dish, auteed sausage and beef, pureed beans, onions, escarole, and fire roasted tomatoes mixed with pipette pasta.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. OMG- The service is a real mess with staff frantically running around. Food service is very show 40 minutes when the place is half empty and the worst part is the food is inedible. One example- Chicken Balsamico- Hard chunks of chicken with RAW sausage smothered in a thick bottle full of balsamic vinaigrette marinade. It was nauseating. NEVER AGAIN_ they need help otherwise they will go out of business- Gordon Ramsey where are you!

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