The restaurant underwent some major changes in January of 2011 and we would love the opportunity to introduce ourselves as the new Serena Sicilian Influenced Gastropub. Over the years the restaurant location has undergone many changes in name and concept. Serena was originally the name chosen with a Spanish theme and held reference to a mythical Spanish mermaid. As the concept has changed once again so has the ownership however, the name has stayed intact. Translated from Italian Serenità – literally means serenity. Serena has transformed into a place to relax, enjoy and let the stresses of the work day fade away.
A bit of history for you…
In 1976 Sicilian immigrants Tony and Gina Cataldo opened Endicott NY’s famed Tony’s Pizza close to IBM (which was founded in that very town.) That same year they had a son, Giuseppe. With a playpen made of flour bags and waitresses as nannies, Giuseppe literally grew up in the business. Once he had mastered his father’s craft he left Endicott to work in New York City for the likes of Mario Batali at Otto and Esca and for the Cipriani’s in Grand Central Station as well as on South Beach in Miami at Prime One Twelve and Casa Casuarina in the Versace Mansion. This restaurant is a culmination of those experiences.