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International Italian Restaurant Chain Opening in Long Island City Next Year

Serafina, a popular international Italian restaurant chain, will open next year inside the recently constructed Jackson Park building in Long Island City (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Serafina, a popular international Italian restaurant chain, will open next year inside the recently constructed Jackson Park development in Long Island City (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Dec. 7, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A popular Italian restaurant chain that has locations across the globe is opening a venue inside a new development in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City.

Serafina – which has restaurants in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, India, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – will open in the second half of 2022 inside the recently constructed Jackson Park complex, according to a spokesperson for the chain. The restaurant was originally going to open this winter but has faced delays.

The three-tower, mixed-use Jackson Park development is located between 28-30 and 28-40 Jackson Ave.

The company is taking a 2,500 square foot space on the ground floor of the easternmost tower, situated on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Jackson Avenue.

The new restaurant will be the company’s first in Queens and will represent its twelfth in New York City. The company’s other New York City restaurants are all in Manhattan, according to its website.

Serafina, which was established in 1995, offers customers rustic Italian fare like pastas, pizzas, seafood and meat dishes. It also serves a range of salads and vegetarian dishes as well as brunch options consisting of eggs and pancakes.

The restaurant will be open for indoor dining and take-out options.

Opening hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

Serafina was established in Manhattan by business partners Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato after they discussed eating pizza when the pair were stranded at sea in 1994. They focused on pizza to distract them from the cold elements while they waited in the dark to be rescued.

They vowed to open a restaurant to serve the perfect pizza if they survived the ordeal.

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