New St. Paul spot: Il Vescovino
That's the name of the place that will be taking over the Vintage on Selby Avenue, come Sept. 28. I got some lowdown about the new place and am excited for it to open. Here's what I know:
Il Vescovino will be owned by Frank Marchionda, owner of Buon Giorno and Osteria I Nonni, along with a business partner; the current manager of I Nonni is coming over to get the new operation going. Their plan is to specialize in southern Italian food and wine, with an emphasis on Naples/Campania. The restaurant will have four parts: a taverna on the first floor, a dining room on the second floor, a special-events room on the third floor, and -- the thing I'm excited about -- a self-sufficient kitchen, complete with wood-burning pizza oven, on the patio (which will open next spring). The overall feel is supposed to be casual, vs. the fine-dining approach of I Nonni.
That said, the wine list will be massive, and they'll pour quartinos (small decanters that hold about a glass and a half. I think Babbo in NYC was the first place to do this). Marchionda & Co. are applying to take over the liquor license from the Vintage; my fingers are crossed that they don't hit any snags. I need Il Vescovino to be up and running for my early October birthday.
Great scoop! So thats at 579 Selby in St. Paul? Just off of Dale? Across from the Louisana Cafe? Why can't I picture this place.
MC - thanks for the info....waiting for it to change hands and can't wait too go....
TDQ - its a few doors down from Zander on the north side of selby - west of zander....old big brick place....