Mallozzis to feed casino crowd; Family gearing up to run several Mohawk Harbor food operations

03-17-2016

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady’s new casino will feature two well-known restaurants — Johnny’s and Villa Italia.

The Mallozzi family is planning to open scaled-down versions of Italian restaurant Johnny’s on State Street and Villa Italia Bakery on Broadway at the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.

Bobby Mallozzi said the family-owned company, the Mallozzi Group, would also operate a burger joint and Asian restaurant as part of the casino’s marketplace.

The smaller versions of Johnny’s and Villa Italia at the casino at Mohawk Harbor off Erie Boulevard would have smaller menus with customer favorites, Mallozzi said.

Johnny’s would offer options like chicken parmigiana, lasagna, greens and beans, and antipasto salad. Villa Italia would have popular pastries like cannoli, chocolate mice and lobster tails along with a full coffee bar including espresso and cappuccino.

Villa Italia at the casino would be open 24/7 along with the burger joint. The Asian restaurant would be similar to Rush Street Gaming’s restaurant at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, Mallozzi said.

“Johnny’s will have a total of about 12 options,” Mallozzi said. “There are roughly 100 seats in the marketplace. Any of those four food concepts in the marketplace you can pick your food and eat on the premises.”

The Mallozzis will also run the casino’s steakhouse, which has not yet been named. The steakhouse would seat 140 people, plus an outdoor dining area overlooking the Mohawk River.

Viccarro, Haley. “Mallozzis to Feed Casino Crowd.” The Daily Gazette. N.p., 17 Mar. 2016. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.