It was an opportunity that Matty Matheson couldn’t move up.
Getting a style of working a restaurant in his hometown of Fort Erie via the pandemic popup Matty Matheson’s Meat + Three, he had an urge for food for one thing extra everlasting.
And that’s what he and his companions at Our Home Hospitality have finished, having opened a brand new Italian meals restaurant, Rizzo’s Home of Parm on Ridgeway Street in Crystal Seashore.
The menu is impressed by the Italian heritage of his spouse Tricia’s household, Matheson mentioned.
“My in-laws are all Italian Canadians from Niagara Falls which have lived in Fort Erie for 45, perhaps 50 years,” Matheson mentioned. “And so simply rising up, going to their home, consuming Italian meals is sort of a huge factor for me and it is such a good looking meals. And to have the ability to make that meals on this city the place that love story started …”
The restaurant is within the house as soon as occupied by Lino’s Pizza, the longtime Crystal Seashore eatery that survived a hearth within the early 2000s earlier than shutting its doorways for good in February 2021. By establishing Rizzo’s at that very same location, Matheson mentioned, the custom of serving Italian meals from there’ll proceed.
“Lino’s had simply been right here for thus lengthy, and it is such an unimaginable location,” Matheson mentioned.
He had additionally determined early on that he needed Rizzo’s to be an reasonably priced, family-style restaurant. And with the restaurant being situated not removed from his dwelling, it’s a probability for him to share his ardour together with his three kids. It’s named for his eldest baby, in spite of everything.
“It’s one thing good to have for my children to have the ability to come to and see what daddy does. It’s very nice for my household as a result of we dwell simply across the nook.”
Because the title suggests, parms of every kind — rooster, veal and eggplant — are the specialty at Rizzo’s and are served up with a facet of spaghetti for $26.
However parmesan dishes will not be all that’s obtainable on the menu. Visitors also can dine on quite a lot of pasta dishes, soups, salads and antipasti. A full vary of wines, cocktails and tender drinks can be obtainable.
Having to stability duties at Rizzo’s together with his Toronto eating places, in addition to the work he’s doing on numerous tv and web-based tasks, together with the favored collection “The Bear,” means Matheson is not going to be within the kitchen at Rizzo’s typically. However he is aware of it’s in good arms.
“I do know that the meals tastes scrumptious. Our chef Andy (Donofrio) and his crew is unimaginable. They’re all of the cooks from Meat + Three, or most of them, so we have already got that actually good synergy.”
The day-to day operation of Rizzo’s Home of Parm will likely be below the steerage of basic supervisor Keegan Ferguson.
“It is a snug neighbourhood neighborhood restaurant that’s imagined to be precisely what it’s, a parm and spaghetti home the place all walks of life are available in and luxuriate in any value level that they need.”
And Rizzo’s will likely be a great match for Crystal Seashore, he added.
“We undoubtedly needed to be someplace small and quaint and targeted,” he mentioned. “Crystal Seashore is a good looking space and I feel that is very effectively suited to this enterprise.”
The restaurant has its tender opening on Nov. 2 and will likely be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
Rizzo’s Home of Parm
TYPE: Italian, family-style
ADDRESS: 2 Ridgeway Rd., Crystal Seashore
HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9:30 p.m.