Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
I know you have seen them, signs of restaurants to come. They make us curious, they make us anticipate. There are two signs blaring at me currently that give me hope of good food inside.
I know you have seen it — “Sapori di Napoli” painted on the side of a modest brick building at 314 Church Street. Are you thinking Italian? Si, buono! But not just any Italian. This restaurant is purported to be the real-deal Napoletan wood-burning oven pizzeria. This “taste ofNaples” will be brought to us by two brothers fromNaples,Italy – Daniele and Ambrogio Florio. Daniele, working as a chef inAmerica for eight years, has coaxed Ambrogio, a trained pizzaiolo (pizza chef) to leaveItaly and help him open Sapori di Napoli inDecaturGAUSA. Because one can only get the authentic and traditional taste ofItaly with the right oven, they have imported a 5,000 lb. wood burning brick oven to our fair city. So we are to not only look forward to Napoletan pizza, but homemade pasta, saltimbocca paninis, and specialty desserts as well — served on tables and dishware also brought here from Italy on a month-long journey by sea and train. We are going to have to wait until summer to experience our “taste ofNaples.” The target opening date isJune 20, 2011 pending any delays for permits.
The 5,000 lb. wood burning pizza oven arrived at the Decatur location in April.
“Big Tex Cantina” in neon! The sign as well as the decor on the outside of the building onWest Ponce Place (at the opposite end from Café Lily) evokes the feeling of a Tex-Mex joint. And that is almost what you are supposed to expect from this offshoot by the Fox Brothers. They describe the cuisine as “Texas comfort food.” With the reputation and popularity of the Fox Brothers BBQ place onDeKalb Avenue, there are high expectations for this latest venture. Look for it to open any day now – target date byJune 1, 2011.
“Cakes & Ale” – well last time I looked the sign wasn’t up yet on their new home on the downtown square. But the sign is still up on their current home at the corner of Ponce and Ponce Place – and they are still serving up critically acclaimed food. They recently enjoyed a great review in the New York Times travel section. Click on the link below to see the raves.