Oct. 12, 2018 Sponsored Story
Dino’s Pizzeria, an old-school pizzeria that has been located on Broadway for more than 60 years, underwent a major overhaul earlier this year and reopened in September with a contemporary look.
Dino’s, which has been family-owned and operated since 1957, is currently run by Bruno Carusone, the grandson of the original owner.
“We aren’t new to the game; My grandmother opened this shop, my father took it over, and now I’m proud to be running the day-to-day business here,” said Carusone. “It’s a new look, but the same great taste.”
Besides changes to the facade, the Dino’s logo and letter type has been updated, and the hashtag “#whosnext” has been embroidered onto uniforms, delivery boxes and other fixtures throughout the restaurant.
The hashtag is a reference to an expression that Carusone found himself using a lot.
“It came from years of working behind the counter, serving slices and constantly saying ‘Who’s next?’ That saying stuck with me and my customers, and so with the rise of social media, we decided to hashtag it,” Carusone said.
The interior walls, ceilings, lighting and fixtures have all been updated to match a modern egg white and onyx colored theme. New wooden floorboards blend into a tile pattern by the cashier counter which is also a tribute to the past. The white floor tiles were a prominent part of the previous interior at Dino’s.
“We understand the neighborhood is changing so we wanted to change our look with it, all while paying respect to the work my family put into this location for so many years,” Carusone said.
He added that while they still serve traditional pies and slices for take out or delivery, a big focus of his business model will be to promote their extensive dine-in and dinner options. For this reason, the restaurant is now able to seat 42 customers, almost double the number of seats it previously offered.
The extensive dinner menu includes over 25 different pasta dishes, more than 30 panini options, 26 entrees, and over a dozen seafood meals to choose from.
Some examples include: Chicken Marsala Parmigiana Panini; Meat Tortellini with Bolognese sauce; Dino’s Special Pasta made with sauteed shrimp, sausage and broccoli in garlic and oil; and the Veal Piccata cooked with garlic and white wine, topped with lemon sauce.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
The pizzeria sits on the corner of Broadway and 30th St. at 30-01 Broadway.