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Family Run Benvenuto Restaurant Builds Reputation As Mahopac Favorite

From L: Agron Krasniqi, Rocky Shula, Linda, Iber, Ray and Timmy Krasniqi of Benvenutos.
From L: Agron Krasniqi, Rocky Shula, Linda, Iber, Ray and Timmy Krasniqi of Benvenutos. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A happy customer takes home a pie from Benvenutos.
A happy customer takes home a pie from Benvenutos. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Chef and owner Iber Krasniqi gets cooking in his Benvenuto kitchen.
Chef and owner Iber Krasniqi gets cooking in his Benvenuto kitchen. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Grilled Salmon over salad from Benvenutos.
Grilled Salmon over salad from Benvenutos. Photo Credit: Contributed
Chicken Scarpariello pizza from Benvenutos.
Chicken Scarpariello pizza from Benvenutos. Photo Credit: Contributed

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Benvenuto Pizzeria & Restaurant opened in 2009, quickly became a neighborhood favorite and hasn't looked back.

With a great commuter location - seconds off the Taconic Parkway on Secor Road in Mahopac - the restaurant gets a steady stream of traffic and has built a steady flow of regulars.

Benvenuto specializes in all types of standard and gourmet pizza, as well as high-quality Italian cuisine - inspired by family recipes, according to their Facebook page.

The Yonkers-based Krasniqi family (which also owns two restaurants in NYC and one in Scarsdale) took over the restaurant in 2014, and Chef and owner Iber Krasniqi said his family loves working together, and being part of the Mahopac community.

"It's been very good, the place, the people... it's all been very good," Krasniqi told Daily Voice during a recent visit. "We all enjoy what we do, we have great customers, and we're always looking for ways to improve our food.  And it's great to have family around."

"We liked the location, and it's always busy," Ray Krasniqi (Iber's daughter) said. "People love our pizza, love the food - we have lots of specials, and it's a very family-oriented atmosphere. Iber has been a Chef for 17 years and he's always trying to improve his recipes, add new recipes.

"A lot of people here are family, and a lot are not, she added, looking around at several family members on staff. "We all work as a team, so we consider them family too. Everybody here is family."

Benvenuto Pizzeria & Restaurant is located at 35 Secor Road in Mahopac.

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