Vittorio’s Restaurant is located in the charming Village of Amityville on the corner of Broadway and Greene Street. For the past ten years, this fine establishment has been one of Long Island’s exquisite places to dine. With incredible food, outrageous service and a variety of delicious nightly specials, Vittorio’s has caught the attention of all of Long Island. I was graciously welcomed by owner Michael Esposito and enjoyed chatting with him about his superb establishment and all his endeavors.
When did Vittorio’s open?
We have been here since 1999. My grandfather and my father opened up Mike’s Pizza across the street. A few years ago the family decided to sell it and concentrate of Vittorio’s and our other restaurant Vero.
We opened Vittorio’s about 10 years ago. We decided to go a bit upscale from the pizzeria; there were so many dishes we wanted to create that we could not do there. We would have had a newspaper for our menu. So we came here and we started to showcase the other things that we liked to eat and cook. We got very popular for the steaks we serve. People love that. We have a Steak House Night on Wednesday. We have steaks every night though, we also have pasta, chicken and fish. People love us here in the village.
Why did you pick this exact location for Vittorio’s?
We were looking for a location to open up and this location sat vacant for about eight to ten years. It was an eye-sore. At one point they were talking about condemning it. No one wanted it. One day I was across the street at my pizzeria, staring out the window and looked at this building. I thought we should just give this place a shot. We got to work right away and the Village of Amityville was so happy. They were 100% behind us because they were also looking for a restaurant here. When we opened up the doors after a year or so after renovations, it was incredible. The fanfare was great from the residents and it has been like that ever since. We just had a fund raiser here for the Amityville Beach. They want to put in a new park so we held a fundraiser. We raised over $1,000.00 for the town.
How long did the renovations last?
About 9 months, but the planning of the floor constriction took just as long. I wanted it as perfect as possible. We own the art gallery; it is a part of this building. I was more than happy to donate that part of this building because I wasn’t using it. I still have next door and I donate that part of the building to the local artists. They have been there for about four years. It’s amazing. The local Amityville Artists Circle… they do so much. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on there. It’s really nice. They honored us last month at Unqua Yacht Club as Angel Artist of the Month.
You mentioned your restaurant Vero before; can you talk a little about that establishment?
There are so many different foods that we wanted to showcase on a menu. The food at Vero… Vero means truthful, it means real; so we tried to serve real authentic Italian food in a smaller plate format. We wanted to make it like Italy. I wanted to build a place around that concept. The Olives, the salumi, the homemade pasta, etc… It was Amityville’s first 3.5 stars from Newsday. That is really hard to get. With Mossimo the chef, the ambiance and the area… it started to help us stay busy. Vero had new faces and new people that didn’t even know about Vittorio’s.
What happened with the tragedy you had there a few years ago?
We were open for 6 months, we were doing fantastic, and we had a kitchen fire. We have been closed for a year but we are ready to open up again. So come September we may be ready to open up again.
For more information on this lavish restaurant, visit their website at:
184 Broadway (Route 110), Village of Amityville, NY 11701
Phone: (631) 264-3333
Fax: (631) 264-3067