Several readers noted that the plywood has come down on the northwest corner of First Avenue and East 12th Street...
The space will soon house a restaurant serving Northern Italian fare via Roberto Deiaco, who was the executive chef at Armani Ristorante in the Armani flagship store on Fifth Avenue, per The New York Times.
In a dining preview at the Times in December, Florence Fabricant wrote this:
Mr. Deiaco describes the restaurant as a combination of old and up-to-date, with recycled wood and a tin ceiling coexisting with a steel and glass facade. And though the place is casual, the menu does not shy away from luxury, with truffles and foie gras.
Seems as if this has been in the words for some time. CB3 approved the beer-wine license for the address in February 2012.
The space was last held by the Fuji Apple deli, which closed in April 2011.
And on it goes... corner markets replaced by high-end restaurants serving truffles and foie gras...
The restaurant will open Wednesday.