Bringing a taste of New York City to Auburn has long been Guillermo Salinas' goal. The latest addition to his downtown restaurant, Osteria Salina, does just that.

The 20 State St. restaurant opened a new rooftop dining area two weeks ago. With patio furniture and a view of the Holy Family Church steeple peeking above the treeline, the area can accommodate up to 40 people, Salinas said.

"Rooftop dining is very common in New York City," he said. "I was just trying to bring something new to downtown."

Restaurant service will be available there Fridays and Saturdays, while customers can have a seat there anytime with a drink from downstairs or a slice from the adjoining Bambino's Bistro. Beginning at 10:30 p.m. Fridays it'll also host a DJ, lending the area a lounge atmosphere, Salinas said.

The area will also play host to the restaurant's cooking classes and wine tastings, which it arranges with area wineries like Heron Hill and CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery. The classes and tastings are available to parties of six people minimum.

The rooftop area has been part of Salinas' plan for Osteria Salina since he opened it in December 2013. Work began last year on its wooden deck and white lattice fencing, he said.

"It's nice and peaceful," he said. "Everybody loves it so far."

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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