May 9, 2021


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Del Posto, the Lauded Italian Restaurant, Will Forever Close

Del Posto, the classy Italian cafe in Manhattan that received a scarce four-star evaluate from The New York Moments in 2010, will completely close next its sale, said Jeff Katz, the restaurant’s longtime general supervisor.

It has been bought by Mr. Katz along with Melissa J. Rodriguez, Del Posto’s govt chef, and the chef James Kent, a former chef de delicacies at Eleven Madison Park, from Lidia Bastianich, Joe Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. The sale features the lease of Del Posto’s significant area in Chelsea, which the new homeowners program to use for 3 new firms, following a renovation.

There will be a cocktail bar, a relaxed restaurant with wood-burning pizza ovens and an bold, unique-situation Italian cafe in the spirit of Del Posto, which was 1st opened in 2005 by Ms. Bastianich, Mr. Bastianich and the chef Mario Batali.

“Jeff and Melissa have been the driving force guiding the results and evolution of Del Posto,” Mr. Bastianich stated. “I am satisfied and happy that they will proceed that evolution into the foreseeable future.”

Mr. Katz, who started off performing at Del Posto in 2006 and turned the typical manager in 2009, claimed that he and his associates want to make a clean break from the restaurant’s earlier proprietors whilst continuing to push Italian food stuff in The usa to new degrees of excellence, as Del Posto did.

“We want to make it our individual,” he mentioned.

Del Posto has been shut given that the start of the pandemic, and Mr. Bastianich auctioned off its more than 30,000 bottle wine collection last summertime. Mr. Katz reported that the cafe used involving 200 and 215 individuals right before the pandemic. “We experienced a truly tight knit group,” he mentioned. “Our intention is to attempt to get quite significantly any individual back from the aged team who desires to arrive back again.”

Renovations at the Del Posto area will start out immediately after an auction on Tuesday. Mr. Katz claimed that “everything is mainly up for grabs” within the opulently embellished house: plates, fixtures, wall panelings and lots of chairs.

He hopes the unnamed new companies will open up in the drop the major of the new dining places will basically change Del Posto. When the cafe been given four stars from the previous Situations cafe critic Sam Sifton, Del Posto was the to start with Italian restaurant to acquire the maximum score because Parioli Romanissimo, in 1974.

Ms. Rodriguez was promoted to executive chef in 2017, next the departure of Mark Ladner. In the restaurant’s most latest review, in 2019, it been given 3 stars from Pete Wells. Of Ms. Rodriguez, he wrote, “She gets her outcomes by following aged Italian templates and putting them collectively so elegantly that they seem to gentle up from inside of.”

Mr. Katz said Ms. Rodriguez will be the confront of the flagship cafe. “James and I are essentially her small business companions, her functions associates,” he said. “It’s her cafe.”

Ms. Rodriguez claimed the menu for the new cafe is nevertheless a function in progress.

“There has been a whole lot of adjust in wonderful dining over the past several a long time, and we want to determine out what that means for us,” she explained. “We want it to be pleasurable, and we also want it to be celebratory.”

This isn’t the only new cafe job for Mr. Katz and Mr. Kent. In 2019, they opened Crown Shy, on the floor floor of 70 Pine Avenue, in the money district. This summer season, they’ll open up an additional cafe, SAGA, on four of the prime flooring of the exact setting up.

“We’re hoping to build careers,” Mr. Katz mentioned. “New York demands eating places.”