Many in the neighborhood were distressed when Francesco Pizzeria, on Columbus Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, remained closed past its annual two-week August vacation. But manager Andrien Kastrati put their fears to rest as he stood behind the register of the popular restaurant, which reopened last Monday.
“We were closed from the end of August until this week to change the gas lines and do some renovations,” he explained. Francesco opens at 12 p.m. daily and closes at 12:30 a.m. Sunday – Tuesday; 1:30 a.m. Wednesday – Thursday; 2 a.m. Friday – Saturday.
Photographs by Sandi Kalish.