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Pizzeria Opens on Skillman Ave. Tuesday, Taking Rosario’s Location

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April 30, 2012 By Christian Murray

A new pizzeria is holding its grand opening Tuesday at the old location of Rosario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, which has been vacant for years.

La Bella Vita Pizzeria & Restaurant, located at 50-12 Skillman Ave., will be run by Vinny Lombardo and Sal Amato.

The pizzeria is the first establishment owned by Lombardo, 31, whose father ran a number of pizzerias. Lombardo, who was born in the US, was raised in Sicily before coming back to the US as a teenager.

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The pizzeria offers a vast menu at a range of different prices. It serves items from extra-large cheese pies for $13; lasagna for $8; chicken parmesan for $6; grilled rib steak for $14; to a hamburger for $4. Lombardo was a butcher for 10 years and the pizzeria/restaurant offers a good spread of meat dishes.

Lombardo’s father told him about the Skillman Avenue location since he knew the owner of Rosario’s. “I took a look, liked the neighborhood—and I don’t live too far from here,” Lombardo said, who lives in Astoria.

While the pizzeria will offer a full range of breakfast and lunch specials, its primary focus will still be on pizza. A slice will go for $2.25

The restaurant provides free delivery: 718-639-6375


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I would love it if a real wood-fired pizza place would open in the neighborhood…I’ve been very disappointed with the Sunnyside pizza selection.

Susan (one of two)

Tried this this evening and liked it enough to go back in the future. There is room for more pizza in the neighborhood–a lot of their business is from walk-ins and it’s a great location (eat before you shop in Key Food or even on the way to Stop & Shop). I like the concept of the 99-cent pizza but upon looking at it more than once, I never felt compelled to order because the pizza always looks overdone/burnt to me. If you like that sort of thing, then you’re in luck!

tupac wannabe

Yeah, a new coat of paint on that arabian style metal sidewalk thing.
italian colors too


I went there today and I’m sticking with 99¢. The pizza was average but the people were nice. Their menu looks like its worth a try, maybe they can give Donato’s a run for their money.


Just went there – $1 a slice for today May 1st because it’s opening day – quite good! And more incredibly, the fellow working there actually spoke Italian!


Welcome and the best of luck.
…Just what we needed at that spot …

Looking forward to many slices …………….

44th street.(Sunnysider)

very ncie to have another pizza place to order food from… does any one order food from the 99 cent pizza place afew blocks away.. plusit will give lentini some competiin as well…. welcome to our town and good luck to you…


Thank Goodness, the previous owner Anthony ran his father Rosario’s business into the ground. It was a sad day when Rosario left. He left a very successful business to his son who only cared about how much money he cleared for the day to use it for drugs that night. His father would be just as disgusted as I am to see a long standing staple of the old day Woodside basically crumble to the ground. God Bless Rosario, many happy memories of days gone by, God help Anthony who hopefully today is no longer battling demons and grew up.


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