Our Story

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We are excited to share our great food with you, but first we’d like to share a little about our story.

We are a brother (Dan – Head Chef) and sister (Joan – General Manager) team. Our concept for Zanelli’s is rooted in a tradition of food and family, beginning with our great-great grandparents arriving in New York in the early 1900’s from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy—home of Parmigiana cheese and balsamic vinegar—and starting a small olive oil and wine import business in Manhattan, to our parents owning a successful butcher and grocery shop in Westchester County, NY. Commitment to and appreciation of finely and lovingly prepared food is our passion; we believe it honors our family, and we trust that good food brings out the best in people.

We are committed to serving the best quality food at reasonable prices, ensuring that today’s busy families eat well. Our items will be made with the freshest and best ingredients available. Pastas will be made in-house, using the highest quality flour. Sauces will be created with all fresh ingredients. Vegetables, herbs, and dairy products will, as much as possible, be sourced from local farms.

As the Chef, I will be creating a menu that encompasses more than 20 years’ culinary experience in Italian kitchens. Further, trips I have made throughout my career to Italy and the California wine country enable me to fully understand ingredients, how to best prepare them, and how to pair them.

As the General Manager, I have an acute appreciation of what constitutes good food and an outstanding dining experience. I am committed to ensuring a well-run, professional environment that constitutes a well-rounded, exceptional guest experience.

We know that our combined experiences, dedication to excellence, and excitement about being entrepreneurs in the food service industry will translate into a positive experience for you, our guest.

Buon Appetito!

Dan and Joan

Our Story

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We are excited to share our great food with you, but first we’d like to share a little about our story.

We are a brother (Dan – Head Chef) and sister (Joan – General Manager) team. Our concept for Zanelli’s is rooted in a tradition of food and family, beginning with our great-great grandparents arriving in New York in the early 1900’s from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy—home of Parmigiana cheese and balsamic vinegar—and starting a small olive oil and wine import business in Manhattan, to our parents owning a successful butcher and grocery shop in Westchester County, NY. Commitment to and appreciation of finely and lovingly prepared food is our passion; we believe it honors our family, and we trust that good food brings out the best in people.

We are committed to serving the best quality food at reasonable prices, ensuring that today’s busy families eat well. Our items will be made with the freshest and best ingredients available. Pastas will be made in-house, using the highest quality flour. Sauces will be created with all fresh ingredients. Vegetables, herbs, and dairy products will, as much as possible, be sourced from local farms.

As the Chef, I will be creating a menu that encompasses more than 20 years’ culinary experience in Italian kitchens. Further, trips I have made throughout my career to Italy and the California wine country enable me to fully understand ingredients, how to best prepare them, and how to pair them.

As the General Manager, I have an acute appreciation of what constitutes good food and an outstanding dining experience. I am committed to ensuring a well-run, professional environment that constitutes a well-rounded, exceptional guest experience.

We know that our combined experiences, dedication to excellence, and excitement about being entrepreneurs in the food service industry will translate into a positive experience for you, our guest.

Buon Appetito!

Dan and Joan