September 21, by Nathaly Pesantez
A new Italian restaurant is making its way to Sunnyside this fall and settling into the former site of Mario’s restaurant.
Senso Unico, the name of the new restaurant to be located at 43-04 47th Avenue, will serve southern Italian dishes in a modern, rustic, and family-friendly interior when it opens toward the end of October, according to Laura Garofalo, the owner and manager of the restaurant.
Vincenzo Garofalo, a chef who has worked in city restaurants like Le Cirque since 2013, will be creating dishes, like freshly made pastas, lasagnas, and other southern Italian staples for the restaurant. Entree prices will range from $12.00 to $18.00.
Laura and Vincenzo, who have been married for five years, are opening their first restaurant after learning that Mario’s, the restaurant with a 30-year-run that closed in August, was up for sale earlier this year.
“It’s been our dream to open a restaurant,” Laura said. “I grew up in this industry, and it’s always been in the back of Vincenzo’s mind to open one.”
Laura, an Astoria native, manages her family-owned Gian Piero Bakery, a shop on 44-17 30th Ave. that opened in 1995. She also grew up watching her father run an Italian restaurant in Manhattan.
“Senso Unico in Italian means ‘one way’,” Laura said. “As an Italian family, we believe the ‘one way’ to happiness is family, eating good food, and drinking good wine—Senso Unico will be the place where people can find this.”
The restaurant, seating about 45 people, will open every day from 12pm to midnight.