Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, whose business and personal world is bounded by the 100 block of South 13th Street, at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 1) will open Barbuzzo. (It's at 110 S. 13th, smack next door to Zavino and the couple's flower shop Verde, and is their first restaurant with a bar and liquor license.)
The Mediterranean-farmhouse theme is designed to complement their other two restaurants, Lolita (Mexican, two doors up the street) and Bindi (Indian, across the street). For chef Turney, it marks a return to the region she covered during previous stops at Audrey Claire and Valanni.
Turney is doing her own smoking and pickling and her menu is full of rustic treats such as "pig popcorn" (house-smoked pork rinds), boquerones, marrow bones, pizzas, the Valencian noodle-fish dish called fideuà, and pastas. Dishes are $18 and under. It'll be open for dinner only from the start; lunch and brunch will be tacked on.
The beverage selection includes seven specialty cocktails, six draft beers (including Peroni from Italy), a couple canned beers, 12 bottled beers, and a Euro wine list.
Decor is by URBANSPACEDEVELOPMENT, whose fingers are not only stuck on a caps-lock key but have been up in the decor business of other local eateries such as APO and Tweed.