Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Italy comes to the Piazza

Umbrian restaurateurs are taking over Vino in Northern Liberties.

Italy comes to the Piazza

The ink is barely dry on this one:

Vino, an American-run Italian bar, didn't work out in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties.

Developer Bart Blatstein reached out to Italy for the replacement.

Umbrian-bred restaurateurs Fabio Auguadro and Andrea Scotacci are taking over Vino, effective Monday (2/1).

Name will be Apollinare, and the two -- who said the Piazza's Italian feel sold them on the location -- are planning upgrades. They'll start with white tablecloths. Staff will be better trained, Auguadro said. Chefs will be taken to Italy. Happy hour -- a big part of what they want to do -- will be stressed. Bread and pasta will be made on premises.

Auguadro is ecstatic about outside dining in the Piazza when it's warmer.

Figure on $10 plates, and in time, expect some neat touches, including salmon tartare made tableside and ice cream made to order with liquid nitrogen.

Michael Klein
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