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March 2, 2011

More about the new Chazz Palminteri restaurant

chazzpizza I had a good time with the Chazz Palminteri restaurant story.

I liked what I heard about the project, except maybe the name of the place -- Chazz: A Bronx Original, which sounds to me like a sports bar at a minor league stadium.

As far as I know, the name isn't etched in stone -- who has a better idea?

In the article, I didn't have time to go into some of the particulars of the restaurant, and there wasn't really room to sum up what the its planners are headed for.

Here's Sergio Vitale's take on the new restaurant:

We wanted the dining experience to be evocative and immersive—and fun.  There is that unmistakable joy of the Italian table and that warm camaraderie of ‘The Neighborhood’ and we wanted to capture that.  And we wanted to do it at a price point that allowed repeat visits in the same week.

Some material intended for publication ended up on the cutting room floor.

Here's a better look at the pizza oven at Chazz: A Bronx Original, the new restaurant project now under construction in Harbor East.

You can see the white tile motif, inspired by the Guastavino tile arching in Manhattan's City Hall subway station. 

You can make out, too, the double windows in the oven -- one for watching pizzas, the other for watching pizza makers.

You can see the other partners, too. From left to right, Chazz Palminteri, Allesandro Vitale, Sergio Vitale, Kerry Kessel.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 11:48 AM | | Comments (21)


"The Bronx Cheer" would be a good name, and would fit right in with this town!

No charge if you decide to go with it, Chazz. Well, perhaps a free meal every month...

I like the name Chazz: A Bronx Original about as much as Taste Mediterranean Grille – not so much. It doesn't represent the food or the restaurant experience. It also seems rather highfalutin for the Chazz people are attracted to.

Side note: I've been spending time up Towson way and the most egregious name abuse is Bill Bateman's Bistro. Aaaaaa.....

They finally did it. There is a place in Towson called 7 West Bistro Grille.

Chazz: A Bronx Original is something you carve on a tombstone. For a living person it's just egotistical. Sure, put your name on the business, that's a draw. The proposed name is huge turn off. Create a name that tells me what you product is or is snappy and provocative.

This is the man who created the Sonny test, which has set the pace for everyone of my (4) dates since 1993! He can do no wrong in my book. From IMDB:

Sonny:Alright, listen to me. You pull up right where she lives, right? Before you get outta the car, you lock both doors. Then, get outta the car, you walk over to her. You bring her over to the car. Dig out the key, put it in the lock and open the door for her. Then you let her get in. Then you close the door. Then you walk around the back of the car and look through the rear window. If she doesn't reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in: dump her.

C: Just like that?

Sonny: Listen to me, kid. If she doesn't reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in, that means she's a selfish broad and all you're seeing is the tip of the iceberg. You dump her and you dump her fast.

could be worse, could be "Chazz-ma-tazz"

I like "Chazz Palminteri's Ristorante Italiano." Mosre classy then the name he's got now.


Chazz: A Bronx Table

Chazz: The place for C.H.U.D.S.

I assumed that they didn't really want the word pizza in the name. Sergio said something about immersive. Chazz said he wanted to evoke the Bronx. So they are going for food, atmosphere, and a neighborhood feel.

Chazz Palminteri's Bronx Experience.

It pops. You're welcome.

If it were still 2000, and if we were in Florida, I'd go with the Hanging Chazz.

Yea, the problem is that none of that applies here. So, umm, it is pretty clear I have nothing constructive or relevant to add.

All That Chazz
Chazz Lounge

Wow, what a great ad for Aldo's. I still ain't gowen. Hey, How youuu doooin? goomba. I'm an Italian American. However, our Little Italy is just.....a shame. Over priced and over rated. Locals know better tourist don't.

Chaz Palmenteri's Ristorante De La Bronx

Favorite movies: Bronx Tale and Mickey Rourke's Barfly. Thanks Chaz.

Chaz Palmenteri's Ristorante De La Bronx

Favorite movies: Bronx Tale and Mickey Rourke's Barfly. Thanks Chaz.

De La Bronx

The other restaurants in the neighborhood would beat the crap out of any place named that.

All That Chazz!

How about: "Il Palato Palmentieri," which translates to: Palmentieri's Palate? Your name is attached to it, as well as the ethnicity of the restaurant.

I hope that it is really going to be good authentic italian food. I live in Little Italy and I am Italian.The food tht is served up in Little Italy so called Italian restaurants is a disgrace. The restaurants here are terrible. None of the peoplein the neighborhood go to them, just porr unsuspecting tourists

I've got Sabatinos... that's all I need.

Keep the name, I like the connection to your heritage, movie and play!! More people will understand .can't wait to try 'real pizza'!!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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