Pinocchio (Eastchester) is closed
Sorry if this has been discussed, I did a search and didn't see anything. I drove by Pinocchio in Eastchester the other day and it is closed. The phone number has been disconnected.
I tried Googling also but couldn't find anything. Does anyone know any details?
I went once, years ago, and hated the place. Looks like the NYT felt the same way, not that they are a reliable arbiter of taste:
Building is for sale:
I have no idea, to answer the OP's question, as to the "details," but the resto biz is tough, competitive, and requires extensive biz acumen, aggressive expenditure, deep pockets and a comprehensive awareness of the money side of the business to be profitable. Not much different than other businesses, but the start up and ongoing expenses for a resto are way higher than for other businesses.
I'm not the best person to discuss merits of Valentino's as I've only been one time. It was indeed old school, and even fun, but I was utterly overwhelmed by the amount of garlic inundating every dish -- even those that typically don't contain garlic besides what's in the sauce, such as eggplant parm and seafood fra diavolo. Because I wasn't expecting to encounter it, I didn't think to tell them to tone it down. Anyhow, if you LOVE garlic, you won't be as put off as I was.
Below are a couple of lines from a review of a meal I had at Valentino's in 2007 ... if you don't feel like reading the entire thread.
"I was waiting for someone else to say something, I thought it was just me. Last two times we were there the chicken dishes were so salty they were inedible, and a fish dish was prepared with that awful prepared garlic."
I think I've only eaten there a total of 4 or 5 times over a span of several years so I am by no means a Valentino's regular. I had one more meal there, post the review above, I was excessively thirsty for over a day and a half, that pretty much sealed the deal for me and Valentino's.
There are folks however who have posted consistent positive reviews of Valentino's who's opinions I value and tastes generally concur with my own and that makes me wonder of there is an issue with consistency. When you compare the number of years they have been open to the number of meals I have had there and the consistently positive reviews I suppose my experiences could just be due to a series of off nights.