Where Do Local Chefs Eat Out: Christian Petroni of Fortina Pizza

Jessica Ryan

I've always wondered where the chefs from our favorite local restaurants eat when they finally get some time away from their busy schedules. Do they prefer to go home and relax? Or do they like to go out? If the latter, what are some of their favorite places, locally and beyond? This column will be on ongoing feature. Past chefs featured have been: Chris Gonzalez of Hapa Food Truck, Cody Brown of Hoodoo BBQ & Matt Storch of Match & Nom Eez. This week, we speak with Christian Petroni of Fortina Pizza.

On the rare day or night you’re off from the restaurant where do you prefer to have dinner(If home what is your meal or food of choice)?

Kawa-ni in westport; Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield, Match in SoNo, and whenever we can track down the Hapa Food Truck.

When dining out what is your favorite (you can name more than 1) local restaurant? Why? Favorite dish? 

ANY noodles at Kawa-Ni; warms your heart and soul.

Do you have a favorite local bar or watering hole?
I’m not a big drinker.

How about a secret hole in the wall or as of yet undiscovered (by us) gem?

Candelight in Hartsdale for their Chicken wings.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the tristate area, excluding Connecticut?

The Venice in the South Bronx was my favorite place (but it recently shut its doors after 50 years).