By Kerry Butrick Dowling
With the grand opening weeks away, Bivona’s Simply Pasta is ready to bring a passion for pasta back to Newburgh. Situated just steps away from Washington’s Headquarters, Bivona’s Simply Pasta, located on Liberty Street, will be a pasta deli owned and operated by third generation Newburgh native Chef Charles “Chuck” Bivona. Items include fresh handmade pasta, sausages, salads and sauces to go.
“Essentially we will give you everything you need to create a meal quickly,” shared Bivona.
Bivona’s family legacy in Newburgh runs deep. His family’s original pasta deli was located on Route 52 in the Town of Newburgh across from Tarsio Lanes from 1989 until it closed its doors in 1991.
A graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, Bivona was featured on the Food Network’s Chopped and his career has led him to Puerto Rico, in addition to some of the highest rated New York City and Miami restaurants, including Root & Bone NYC, Petaluma Restaurant, and Yardbird Miami on the opening team with Chef Jeff McInnis.
With years of experience in the culinary field now under his belt and on the heels of a pandemic, Bivona explained that the dining industry as a whole has suffered. He wants Bivona’s Simply Pasta to transport guests back in time.
“I always was enamored with Newburgh. My dad’s father had a business here, my mom’s mom had one. The entire point of re-opening a handmade pasta shop is to show a community that doing one thing great, and providing a service that enriches the lives of the people that utilize said service, is how we are going to get back to a place where people are friendly and there is community,” Bivona explained.
With his ties to Newburgh, Bivona shared that some of his friends now own and operate businesses in the City of Newburgh and are part of the reason why he wants to plant his roots here at this time in his life. Similar to well-known food destinations across the country such as New York City’s famed Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Bivona sees the potential for Liberty Street and surrounding area.
“I want Newburgh to succeed and flourish. I see so much potential here in Newburgh. I want to give people a reason to get up and come to the City of Newburgh,” Bivona shared.
Bivona’s Simply Pasta is set to open to the public in February.