Staten Island sandwich shop to open its second location on Forest Avenue

STATEN ISLAND, NY — With the trap closed on Angry Lobster since winter, a new eating option lands at 432 Forest Ave. — Ronnie’s Sandwich Shop Forest. The West Brighton store will be the second venture for the Rivelli family, owners of their flagship, 5-year-old Ronnie’s operation in New Dorp.

“We’re going to have our most popular large and small heroes,” said Christine Rivelli. Her son, Jesse, will manage the North Shore location. He’ll continue the lunch traditions of salads, soups and sandwiches with thin-sliced, Freshly roasted meats on Brooklyn Italian bread. Breakfast will not carry over from the New Dorp program.

Fried chicken cutlets with fresh mozz and roasted red peppers with juices soaked into the Brooklyn bread. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Hours at the Forest shop will be 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Christine said the store should be open just after the Fourth of July.

“We weren’t looking to open another spot at this time but we love Forest Avenue and didn’t want to miss the opportunity. It’s a tight-knit community in West Brighton and we want to be a part of that,” said the sandwich maven.

She said, “It’s cute and simple. We’re looking forward to the restaurant crawls.”


Jesse Rivelli and mom Christine Rivelli have their flagship operation in Grant City. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri


Before life as a proprietor over 30 years ago, Christine earned a living as a hairdresser. She and her husband spent their Tuesday off-days cooking feasts for their family. Eventually, the couple and her dad, Ronnie, opened a pork store. developed a loyal clientele who has followed the brand of food via off-premise catering.

After the store closed and life as a mom took its own direction, Christine continued producing sandwich platters and Italian entrees through the holiday seasons. Over time the volume became almost overwhelming. When the Rivelli’s least expected it, an empty storefront became available on Hylan Boulevard The landlord hoped for a solid food destination for the police next door at the 122nd Precinct stationhouse. And the neighborhood received just that in 2016. Ronnie’s was named for Christine’s dad.


Turkey, stuffing and cranberries (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

The original store can be found at 2300 Hylan Blvd., Grant City; 718-987-7600, It is open Monday and Tuesday from 7 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm and closed on Sundays.

And a heads up on a Ronnie’s tradition: Newbies to the restaurant are noticed. The staff will ring a bell and cheer. It’s a Staten Islander’s way to welcome a fellow neighbor and break the ice, says Christine. And the family plans to do this on Forest Avenue as well.

“We hope to be ringing lots of bells when we open!” Said Christine.

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. She can be reached at

Ronnie's Sandwich Shoppe

Thin-sliced, freshly roasted meats make the Ronnie’s sandwich difference. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)

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