Italian Chef to Head Up New South Bronx Pizzeria

PORT MORRIS — A new Italian restaurant and pizzeria should arrive in the South Bronx in just a few months, marking the latest business venture into the neighborhood from developer Keith Rubenstein and his team.

The eatery, called La Grata, will serve a variety of pizzas, pastas and salads and will be headed up by Chef Erminio Conte, a native of Italy who came to New York City about 15 years ago.

“It’s going to be a traditional establishment of Italian food,” Conte said. “A lot of gourmet pizza, traditional Roman pizza, and [it’s] also going to have some salad and fresh pasta.”

Conte has imported two ovens from the southern Italy port of Naples to be used in the restaurant and help make the cuisine more authentic.