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Robert De Niro dines downtown at Chazz, with Palminteri

Academy Award-winning actor

Robert De Niro

lunched at a

Harbor East

restaurant Saturday.

De Niro had an early afternoon meal with actor and restaurateur

Chazz Palminteri

at his six-month old establishment Chazz: A Bronx Original in the 1400 block of Aliceanna St., according to restaurant spokeswoman Marianne Ortiz.

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De Niro was accompanied by several other guests, she said. He was on his way to Washington for the

Honors, scheduled for Sunday.

Also present for the meal were Sergio and Alessandro Vitale, who run the business with Palminteri.

"The group enjoyed a signature veal meatball appetizer with fresh whipped ricotta cheese, a pizza made with the restaurant's burrata cheese, a caprese salad, penne with blackened chicken, and enjoyed a few homemade desserts," Ortiz said in a statement.

De Niro directed and co-starred with Palminteri in the 1993 motion picture "A Bronx Tale," which Palminteri wrote and based on his youth.

They've remained friends, Ortiz said.

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