Throughout his youth in Calabria, Francesco Bastone grew up in a large family that shared hearty meals made with vegetables from their garden. Taking their mother’s recipes, he and his younger brother packed up and moved to America. Francesco and Giovanni saved their money with the dream of opening an Italian restaurant that would serve family-style food like they had enjoyed and cooked back home. In 1969 Francesco and Giovanni opened a storefront restaurant in the Bronx where a saloon once stood. Unable to afford a new sign, the name “The Pine” stuck. As word about Francesco’s cooking continued to spread, The Pine Restaurant was transformed from the Bronx’s “best kept secret,” to the landmark restaurant it is today. The rest, as they say, is history.
Standing the Test of Time
Over forty years since the original Francesco & Giovanni’s Pine hosted droves of celebrities, Yankee players, New York notables and locals alike, guests find an old school vibe with a modern edge. Francesco and Giovanni’s Pine honors old world Italian roots, life style, food, and décor. Designed to be an inviting, convivial restaurant and bar for locals and visitors alike, The Pine offers a relaxed and approachable atmosphere complemented by Francesco’s traditional Southern Italian food. Francesco draws inspiration from his heritage to serve a menu of rustic Italian fare paired with an extensive menu of craft beers, cocktails and wine. It was Francesco’s dream to serve excellent quality food prepared to perfection and served in a friendly manner complimented by a relaxed atmosphere at a great value. The intimate neighborhood restaurant offers two dining rooms, featuring a collection of memorabilia from former patrons, and a charming private garden allowing for al fresco dining in warmer months. Francesco and Giovanni’s Pine is open all day long serving food and drink, early until late in a true gastroteca fashion.