Photos by Stacie Joy
A new era begins for Giovanni Bartocci (above and below, left) and Marco Ventura at Via Della Pace. (The two also recently opened the small grocery Via Della Scrofa at 60 E. Fourth St.)
As Bartocci told us at the start of the year: "We are close — very, very close to opening. Close to opening sounds funny, but we have been almost ready since the end of July, but nothing is playing on our side. We are stubborn, and we don’t give up!"
EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by Via Della Pace for the opening last night... December 2020. VDP had been closed since a previous fire on Feb. 10, 2020.
At the time, the owners were unsure if they would ever reopen on Seventh Street. The Dec. 5 disaster took care of that, as workers had to demolish the five-floor building.
You can follow Via Della Pace on Instagram for updates.
Previously on EV Grieve:
This is such wonderful, uplifting news! Many a wonderful plate of pasta I had over the years on Seventh St. I wish them great success and will try to dine there this week!
This could have been a really sad story and instead it's inspiring! The new space looks gorgeous, I can't wait to stop in.
And don't sleep on Via Della Scrofa -- the porchetta sandwiches are ridiculously good (and they won't break the bank, they're less than $10!)
Best of luck and congrats to Giovanni, Marco and the team!
I passed by their own burned out location awhile back feeling sad about it all, and then it occurred to me that the timing of the second fire which did them in might have been a blessing in disguise. Covid hit just afterwards, and who knows if they would have survived a triple disaster after having just renovated the old restaurant. Now they are in a much larger space, in an amazing location that for years served great Italian food, and it looks spectacular. Not many restaurant can say they survived two fires plus Covid, but here they are, better than ever.
Awesome news!!! Thank you for letting us all know.
Well done Stacy and EVG!!
great news! Looking forward to going there.
Via Della Pace first opened in 2002? How do I remember it from the 80s?
Welcome back VDP ! What a great neighborhood restaurant Great food and ambiance . So good so see tenacity of young business owners to survive adversity-fires and Covid … Thank you Marco and Giovanni and good luck
@6:54 pm it was there in the 80s! i was a teen then and my friends and i joked about how out-of-reach posh it seemed to us! the lingerie store enelra was next door. perhaps it changed hands but not names in the early aughts?
I remember it from the late 80's also. It was called Caffe De Pace. Or something like that.
I was so saddened when I heard of the fire. I usually ate there alone cause it was such a cozy friendly atmosphere. Going to miss 7th street I've been going there when it had different owners in 1989 -1990. So glad you reopened just 3 blocks away. Best of Luck!!!🥰
Via Della Pace is among the best, if not the best most authentic Italian food in New York. Go, you will not be disappointed!
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