It was an opportunity that Matty Matheson couldn’t move up.
Getting a style of working a restaurant in his hometown of Fort Erie by 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 performed, having opened a brand new Italian meals restaurant, Rizzo’s Home of Parm on Ridgeway Highway 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 large factor for me and it is such a gorgeous meals. And to have the ability to make that meals on this city the place that love story started …”
The restaurant is within the area as soon as occupied by Lino’s Pizza, the longtime Crystal Seashore eatery that survived a fireplace 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 therefore lengthy, and it is such an unbelievable 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 residence, it’s a probability for him to share his ardour along with his three kids. It’s named for his eldest little one, in any case.
“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 identify suggests, parms of every type — hen, veal and eggplant — are the specialty at Rizzo’s and are served up with a facet of spaghetti for $26.
However parmesan dishes usually are not all that’s obtainable on the menu. Friends may dine on a wide range of pasta dishes, soups, salads and antipasti. A full vary of wines, cocktails and smooth drinks can be obtainable.
Having to stability duties at Rizzo’s along with his Toronto eating places, in addition to the work he’s doing on varied tv and web-based initiatives, together with the favored sequence “The Bear,” means Matheson won’t be within the kitchen at Rizzo’s usually. However he is aware of it’s in good arms.
“I do know that the meals tastes scrumptious. Our chef Andy (Donofrio) and his group is unbelievable. They’re all of the cooks from Meat + Three, or most of them, so we have already got that basically good synergy.”
The day-to day operation of Rizzo’s Home of Parm will likely be below the steering of common supervisor Keegan Ferguson.
“It is a comfy neighbourhood neighborhood restaurant that’s presupposed to be precisely what it’s, a parm and spaghetti home the place all walks of life are available and revel in any value level that they need.”
And Rizzo’s will likely be an excellent match for Crystal Seashore, he added.
“We positively needed to be someplace small and quaint and targeted,” he mentioned. “Crystal Seashore is a gorgeous space and I believe that is very properly suited to this enterprise.”
The restaurant has its smooth 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.