STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Giovanni’s Trattoria in Eltingville will get its feet wet in the Sunday brunch business on Valentine’s Day.
Co-owner Frank Rapiucciulo celebrates almost a year in business under his tutelage. And, he talked up some new items rolling out for this extended holiday weekend.
As of this week, cocktails on the menu include a Bloody Mary made with Absolut Pepper served in a peppercorn-bacon salt rimmed glass with a jalapeno-stuffed olive.
“If you like spicy, it’s certainly the way to go,” said Rapiucciulo.
Then, there’s a Nutella Martini with Godiva chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s, vanilla vodka and Frangelico.
Giovanni’s now features a Grand Rosa Mimosa with blood orange soda, Grand Marnier with prosecco. That’s a nod to former proprietor Rosa Demonte of the family who owns Demonte salumeria next door.
Starting on the 14th, brunch will cost $32.95 per guest with three courses that includes dessert…
“The glass is rimmed with Nutella and crushed hazelnuts and walnuts. It’s a drink you want to keep turning as you sip it,” said Rapiucciulo.
Rapiucciulo, by the way, works the front-of-the-house and started in this very restaurant as a busboy under its former ownership. Throughout his food career he’s served at Angelina’s and worked with Mario Gentile, now owner and chef of Mario’s in Dongan Hills.
Rapiucciulo’s colleagues include co-owner Alex Colizza who handles the wood-burning pizza oven and crafts Giovanni’s signature oblong pizzas. Freddie Alvarez is the restaurant’s chef for Italian apps and entrees.
Starting on Feb. 14, brunch will cost $32.95 per guest with three courses — choice of three appetizers, choice of six entrees and dessert such as
Nutella Calzone and an individual red velvet cake. That menu will run from noon to 4 p.m. and reservations are requested. Regular ala carte service will follow each Sunday with amped up specials, says Rapiucciulo.
This will be an unusual Valentine’s Day for Staten Island restaurants, Rapiucciulo maintains. With President’s Day on Monday and the “holiday” itself falling on a Sunday, he thinks it will be a particularly festive weekend.
— Giovanni’s Trattoria is located at 3800 Richmond Ave., Eltingville; 718-227-3914, Giovannis.NYC.com