Cooking Up Culinary Acclaim on Staten Island

Posted by Dil Gillani on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 12:40pm

Staten Island has been making headlines in the culinary community of New York City. NYC is home to thousands of restaurants and where two popular Island eateries rank is quite impressive.

Denino’s Pizzeria and Tavern in Port Richmond has been a staple in the community since 1937. Highly reputed as the best pizza on Staten Island, the family-friendly establishment claimed the number 64 spot on the Zagat top 100.  The menu includes about 30 different varieties of pizza and other traditional Italian-American favorites like fried calamari, mozzarella sticks, and rice balls.

Bocelli’s Italian restaurant in Grasmere comes in at number 95 on the Zagat top 100. The restaurant guide describes Bocelli’s:  “With "delicious" seafood specialties that "aren't lacking in pizzazz", "professional" service and "pretty elegant" "Tuscan" decor, this Grasmere Italian "definitely stands out" among its Staten Island peers.”

Chef Sharon Singleton of Graniteville has made headlines as well. The former owner of Singlelicious Restaurant in Port Richmond won the top prize on a Halloween edition of The Food Network’s popular show “Chopped.” The competition required contestants to use four different sets of ingredients provided in their dishes.  The unusual ingredients were a challenge for the Chef Sharon, but when she discovered that collard greens were among them she knew exactly what to do. Her culinary background is in Soul Food, which heavily relies on the use of collard Greens.

She joins the ranks of Rob Burmeister of Harvest Cafe in New Dorp, Shehu Fitzgerald formerly of The Phunky Elephant in Rosebank and Franco Franceze of Pasticceria Bruno in West Brighton who have also competed on Food Network competitions. Fitzgerald and Franceze also took home the grand prize. 

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