PLATTSBURGH — With the aid of family members driving her, Lisa McDonald followed her dreams and opened the doors to her incredibly have Italian restaurant, NonnaLisa’s, at the finish of March.
Her sisters Jeanine Sawyer, Rachael Sawyer and Greta Sawyer have been operating at the restaurant given that the opening, and whilst McDonald is the head cook and proprietor, her sisters assistance get ready meals and assistance run the cafe.
McDonald, a former nurse, claimed their mom was the inspiration behind NonnaLisa’s.
“Each of us experienced our very own expert backgrounds, then my mom not too long ago died, so we type of got back jointly and weren’t absolutely sure what to do with ourselves, so we resolved to open this,” she said.
Former IRONS Spot
NonnaLisa’s, situated at 20 Plattsburgh Plaza, now occupies the space exactly where Irons restaurant made use of to be.
McDonald said a couple of neighborhood eating places experienced commenced listed here right before they moved on to even bigger areas.
“My mother, actually, as a result of the yrs, experienced taken me to this precise spot 3 situations and wanted me to open an Italian cafe,” she claimed.
“It’s odd that it had develop into open up when it did…and every little thing just fell so nicely into position.”
Long term Ideas
Considering the fact that acquiring the room, McDonald has set her own fashion into the restaurant by painting the partitions and incorporating an Italian flair to every thing.
If business proceeds to do very well, she will maintain building renovations.
“We’re hoping to expand into the other side…and implement for our liquor license, so we can have some wine,” she explained.
“We’re likely to grow the dine-in, make it a lot more romantic, make it a lot more Italian, which is the strategy. A pretty smaller, personal Italian wine and liquor (bar)…which is the system at the second.”
NonnaLisa’s recent menu has the normal Italian pasta dishes like baked ziti, lasagna, hen parmesan, fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs, but salads, sandwiches, Italian coffees and even selfmade sweets like Italian ice, and cannolis with cannoli dip are provided way too.
“There’s a couple sandwiches below that no person has listened to of that are just to die for,” McDonald said, pointing to the potato & cheese sandwich, consisting of deep fried potatoes and American cheese melted on Italian Bread, in individual.
“Our cannoli dip: it is pure cheese, true cheese.”
Customers are also encouraged to inquire about the weekly specials, which have highlighted eggplant parmesan and fried pizza most just lately.
McDonald stated each and every dish at NonnaLisa’s is an old recipe she realized from her mom growing up, and all of the food stuff is organized with refreshing, regionally-purchased substances.
“We grate our personal cheese, we grind our very own meats, we filet our personal meats, with just a handful of simple ingredients,” she explained.
“This is previous-school cooking. We have been cooking this way for 50 years…that’s what is seriously offering it.
“A regional few arrived in from Rome and claimed this is the very same food stuff that is above there. It felt like they have been again in Italy.”
Consider OUT AND DINE IN
Buyers have the possibility to dine in, acquire out or purchase their food for supply through DoorDash and UberEats.
NonnaLisa’s is open up Wednesday by way of Saturday with various several hours.
Now, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, hrs operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Fridays, several hours run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, hrs run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
McDonald stated the hrs, as nicely as the menu are issue to change in the potential as they continue to figure issues out.
HOW IT IS AT Dwelling
A person detail she understands for specific although, is that her “job” does not feel like a job.
“This is just how it is at dwelling: the correct exact environment, the similar design and style, it is just being household. Due to the fact we’re relatives-owned and spouse and children-operated, family is here all the time,” McDonald claimed.
“It does not really feel like operate, mainly because we would be undertaking this at dwelling. I would be cooking at household.
“I just built a larger pot.”