Talk about a long wait for dinner. After nearly a year and a half, Ferraro's, the landmark restaurant located on Elm Street in Westfield, is back in business.
Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, confirmed that the cooks are back in the kitchen as of Tuesday evening.
"It's a soft opening but they're open," Cronin said.
A six-alarm fire gutted the Italian eatery in May of 2011. During the interim, loyal customers could find Ferraro's favorites at its Summit outpost, Anna's, named for the family matriarch, or at Ferraro's South.
Cronin said mama Anna is at the restaurant tonight and eagerly greeting customers.
Earlier this month, chef Guiseppe DiPietro told Patch he will have his regular staff at the helm and is looking to bring on and train new members as well.
The restaurant will only be serving dinner for the next several weeks. Check back with Patch to find out when the restaurant will be open for lunch as well.
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