An Italian American Grill, Petaluma has been serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan for over 28 years, with the friendliness and comfortable hospitality signature only to a quintessential neighborhood restaurant.

Our guests have been coming back since 1984 for its wood oven thin crust pizza, homemade pastas and signature desserts. Petaluma also features an outdoor café for 33 seats, and a 70 person private Yorkville dining room. The York Avenue Room is designed to accommodate a variety of events. Whether it be an intimate business luncheon or a balloon-filled birthday party, our event team will work with you to design a unique experience and ensure a successful event.

 

  • Charles J. Bivona, III
    Charles J. Bivona, IIIExecutive Chef

    CJ  was born in the winter of 1984 way up North in New Hampshire, and then moved to New York’s Hudson Valley at the age of 2. By the age of 7, he could be found in his mother and father’s pasta shop after school, helping to roll fresh pasta, make sauce and assemble meatballs. During his college years he ran the gamut of industry jobs, working in Italian restaurants and pizzerias – plus a French bistro – in upstate New York.

    CJ moved down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to finish his degree in Marketing, and worked at an Italian bistro.  Not long after, he was entrusted with taking over kitchen operations at the owner’s other establishment, Junior’s New York Pizza. Cooking had become CJ’s career, so he moved back to New York City to attend the Institute of Culinary Education on 23rd street, and then headed South again, but this time to Miami where he cooked at an Irish pub. After, he spent a year under Chef John Suley at the Miami extension of the NYC Institution, Gotham Bar and Grill.

    After being introduced to Jeff McInnis, he was brought on as Executive Sous Chef at his restaurant, YardBird Southern Table and Bar. For two years, CJ worked hard and was rewarded with multiple James Beard nominations and the honor of the local rag calling Yardbird “Best New Restaurant.” CJ now returns to New York City to further his career and immerse himself in the NYC lifestyle.