What's new: Radice in Blue Bell

Toto Schiavone of Fox Chase's Moonstruck is looking at a Wednesday (July 14) opening of Radice, an Italian country-farmhouse-style restaurant in Blue Bell's Village Square (722 Dekalb Pike, just north of Route 73, 610-272-5700).

The sunny decor is a marked contrast from that of the space's previous occupant, Bourbon.

The project was long known as Beccofino, but Schiavone realized that the concept was based on his farm village roots in Badalto on the Ionian Sea, where his family cooked food in a wood-burning oven. So there's a wood-burning oven in the main dining room.

"Radice" -- say it "rah-DEE-chay" -- means root.

Here's the menu, which is focused on "assaggi" (hearty small plates mostly under $10), pizzas, pastas, and "pietanze" (main plates priced in the $20s). Chef is Donna Ewanciw, who's been at Moonstruck for eons.

The wine list is still under wraps.

It will be dinner only at the outset.

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