Mariella’s Pizzeria, owned and managed by Allessandro Gambino and his family, has been serving oven-hot slices for almost two years now, and in that time the restaurant has become a Village staple. Mr. Gambino came to the U.S. in 1969 from Palermo, Italy on the island of Sicily. “I came when I was 16 years old,” he said in his heavy Sicilian accent. Subsequently, Gambino has been in the Italian food business for over 33 years. He has over five restaurants and pizzerias under his belt, and there are several “Mariella’s” restaurants still operating to this day, including the famed restaurants in New City and the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens. In total, there have been 9 Mariella’s Restaurants opened by Gambino; the Haverstraw location is now the only one owned by the Gambino family.
The pizzeria offers seemingly perfect New York pizza; if you close your eyes, you might think you were under the Brooklyn Bridge. The specialty slices are mouth watering. Pesto and stewed-tomato slices bubble with garlic and the penne vodka pies are pleasant detour from the standard sauce and cheese. I won’t even mention the BBQ or Bacon Cheeseburger pizzas; enjoy it for yourself. The menu is filled with a wide variety of delicacies included (but absolutely not limited to) overflowing strombolis and calzones, full pasta, chicken, fish, and veal entrees, and even philly cheese steaks and quesadillas. Prices are more than reasonable (entrees hover just above $10).
The pizzeria, which is the third full, family-operated restaurant Gambino has created (the family is made up of his two daughters, son, and wife), has come far in the past two years. The restaurants has its “regulars” now and is gearing up for all-day home delivery. Mariella’s is truly valuable and delicious addition to New Main Street in Haverstraw.
41 New Main Street
Haverstraw, New York 10920
Phone: (845) 429-5220, Fax: (845) 429-5223
Mariella’s is open 7 days a week from 10:30 AM until 11:00 PM, and they deliver!