If you’ve ever eaten in the Little Italy section of the Bronx on Arthur Avenue, chances are you’ve enjoyed some of Roberto Paciullo’s cooking. His specialty? Well-executed Southern Italian classics, served family-style.
Pacuilo, who owns Roberto’s and Zero Otto Nove, an iconic pizzeria with a second location in Manhattan, is opening a third Zero Otto Nove in Armonk this spring.
“Kids and parents, stollers, that’s what we hope for,” says Paciullo. “A place where a husband and wife can come sit down, have a great bottle of wine and the kids eat a nice pasta al forno.”
Working with the same architect who designed his other restaurants, Paciullo is two months in to massive renovations on the former Route 22 Restaurant and Bar that includes lots of rustic wood accents and a new wine cellar.
When Zero Otto Nove opens in the beginning of June, expect a menu identical to the other locations, with fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas, plus a wine lover’s bottle list. Roberto’s and Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx famously don’t take reservations, and that will continue in the Armonk location.
Paciullo is a native of Salerno in southern Italy and now lives in Yonkers, but says he couldn’t be happier to join the scene in Armonk.
“I love all them all— Fortina is the place to be and Restaurant North is so good, and I love Beehive for breakfast,” says Paciullo. “But we will be more for families, for Sunday dinner.”
Zero Otto Nove, 55 Old Route 22, Armonk, 914-765-0022, www.roberto089.com.