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Health Dept. Gives Riccardo’s the OK to Reopen, Owner Describes Temporary Closing as a ‘Stumble’


April 9, 2018 By Tara Law

Longtime Astoria event venue Riccardo’s by the Bridge reopened two days after being temporarily closed by the Health Department.

The venue, located at 21-01 24th Ave., was closed on April 3 after the health inspector gave it 43 sanitary violations points. Riccardo’s was permitted to reopen after it passed an inspection on April 5.

Owner Anthony Corbisiero declined to speak to the Astoria Post in an interview but released a letter along with his brother, Mark Carbisiero, thanking his customers for their support.

“We regret this stumble tremendously, and we want to assure our customers and friends that this event has reminded us that vigilance is required to maintain our exceptional track record of cleanliness and high standards,” the Corbisieros wrote.

The letter said that the venue has received “A” ratings for “ten years running,” including a “Straight A” rating after an unannounced inspector’s visit last November.

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I have been going to Riccardos ever since I was a child. My family and friends always have their special event parties and has always been a great success. In fact I had my wedding there and it will always be a memorable day for me thanks to everyone at Riccardos.. I am in the process of having another party there in July would not have it anywhere else. It is the finest in Astoria. Anyone that has anything negative to say about Riccardos does not know the finer things in life. If anyone that has tried to sabotage their reputation SHAME ON YOU.. it did’t work Riccardos will always and forever be number 1. We are all truly blessed to have this amazing catering hall right in Astoria. Thank you Riccardos for the greatest memories ever we love you?


I hope they learned their lesson. In today social media world, word spreads quickly and you can not run a business this way.

Antonio Meloni

Yea, I and many of my friends practically live there because of the many civic meetings and Dinner Dances we attend. Never had an issue with the caring management, the wonderful staff or their cleanliness. Matter of fact, “putting my money where my mouth is” I’m going there tonight to schedule a Jack and Jill Wedding Shower for my family.

Gotham Disciple

Riccardo’s and the Corbisiero family have been a part of this community for many years. They have done a lot for this community and have maintained a high standard for their customers. This was an unfortunate yet enlightening event that happens to many food establishments. Fortunately, they have the ability to make the corrections and get back on course.


This is excellent news and the fact that they reopened so quickly certainly makes it seem like a hiccup, not a pattern of behavior. A “stumble” as they said.

As was stated in the other article, the demolition of the next-door building was likely the cause of the problem and, hopefully, the end of it now that it’s over.

I think that made sense. 🙂


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