PLATTSBURGH — With the help of relatives driving her, Lisa McDonald adopted her desires and opened the doors to her pretty possess Italian cafe, NonnaLisa’s, at the conclusion of March.
Her sisters Jeanine Sawyer, Rachael Sawyer and Greta Sawyer have been working at the cafe because the opening, and though McDonald is the head prepare dinner and owner, her sisters enable prepare meals and aid run the restaurant.
McDonald, a previous nurse, said their mom was the inspiration guiding NonnaLisa’s.
“Each of us had our personal specialist backgrounds, then my mom lately died, so we sort of obtained back alongside one another and weren’t positive what to do with ourselves, so we made the decision to open this,” she claimed.
Former IRONS Locale
NonnaLisa’s, found at 20 Plattsburgh Plaza, now occupies the place in which Irons cafe applied to be.
McDonald reported a couple of community eating places had begun right here in advance of they moved on to greater areas.
“My mother, basically, by way of the a long time, had taken me to this correct place 3 occasions and wanted me to open an Italian cafe,” she explained.
“It’s odd that it experienced become open when it did…and all the things just fell so nicely into put.”
Given that getting the place, McDonald has place her own design and style into the restaurant by portray the partitions and adding an Italian flair to almost everything.
If business enterprise carries on to do nicely, she will hold building renovations.
“We’re hoping to grow into the other side…and use for our liquor license, so we can have some wine,” she said.
“We’re heading to extend the dine-in, make it more romantic, make it a lot more Italian, that is the program. A pretty small, personal Italian wine and liquor (bar)…that’s the plan at the minute.”
NonnaLisa’s current menu has the frequent Italian pasta dishes like baked ziti, lasagna, hen parmesan, fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs, but salads, sandwiches, Italian coffees and even homemade sweets like Italian ice, and cannolis with cannoli dip are presented as well.
“There’s a few sandwiches right here that no one 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 specific.
“Our cannoli dip: it’s pure cheese, true cheese.”
Consumers are also encouraged to inquire about the weekly specials, which have featured eggplant parmesan and fried pizza most just lately.
McDonald said just about every dish at NonnaLisa’s is an previous recipe she learned from her mother increasing up, and all of the foodstuff is geared up with contemporary, locally-acquired substances.
“We grate our very own cheese, we grind our possess meats, we filet our own meats, with just a few straightforward substances,” she explained.
“This is old-college cooking. We’ve been cooking this way for 50 years…that’s what is definitely promoting it.
“A local few came in from Rome and reported this is the very same foodstuff that is over there. It felt like they were again in Italy.”
Just take OUT AND DINE IN
Shoppers have the selection to dine in, take out or buy their food for delivery via DoorDash and UberEats.
NonnaLisa’s is open Wednesday via Saturday with varying several hours.
At the moment, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, hours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Fridays, several hours operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, hours operate from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
McDonald said the hrs, as nicely as the menu are issue to alter in the upcoming as they continue on to figure issues out.
HOW IT IS AT Residence
One factor she understands for sure nevertheless, is that her “job” does not come to feel like a job.
“This is precisely how it is at residence: the exact exact ecosystem, the similar design and style, it’s just getting house. Simply because we’re relatives-owned and family members-operated, spouse and children is below all the time,” McDonald reported.
“It doesn’t truly feel like function, for the reason that we would be accomplishing this at home. I would be cooking at residence.
“I just built a even larger pot.”