ZaZa to Open Tonight in Scarsdale


ZaZa, a new restaurant named for a popular song in Italy, will open tonight in the spot where Rustico was on Central Avenue in Scarsdale.

“Rustico was here for 17 years and we thought it was a good time to give it a face lift,” says owner Nello Tizzano. “We changed the concept and we have something fresh and new.”

One fresh and new thing is the wood-fired pizza oven, shaped like a beehive and covered with mother of pearl mosiac tiles. Others are the French doors, which open onto the sidewalk, a fresh coat of red paint and red granite bar and pizza counter.

The chef, Vincenzo Melodia, comes from Italy, and shops for the blackboard specials every day. There is no set menu for main courses; everything is on the specials list. Melodia was born in Palermo but grew up in Milan, so you’ll find a lot of risottos, fish and meat — cooked Nothern Italian-style.

The 411 is coming. Til then: 751 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914-472-4005.


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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.


  1. the food and service was excellent the ambiance of the restaurant is warm and sensual . This i definately a dining experience worth trying trust me you wotn be dissappointed

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