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“Emporio to Open Friday”

The owners of Aurora will open Emporio, a rustic Roman-style trattoria, on Friday in Nolita. The restaurant, which means “local grocery store” in Italian, will offer retail selections like olive oils, vinegars, pastas, spices, in addition to a menu of Roman fare.

The menu, by chef Riccardo Buitoni (a native of Piedmont), will feature local ingredients from sustainable farms such as Flying Pig, Jamison, Satur and Cato Corner Farm in regional Roman dishes like fava beans with mint and Pecorino ($8), fried squash blossoms filled with mozzarella and anchovies ($8), Tonnarelli cacio & pepe ($10), Grilled lamb spiedini with ceci beans & rosemary ($10), and Frascati—braised local rabbit with rosemary & taggiasca olives ($20). Featured wood-burning pizzas include red onion, potato and house cured pancetta ($13), Stracchino with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma and rocket ($15), and spicy soppressata with San Marzano tomatoes and hot pepper ($15).

If you’re in the mood for a glass of wine or prosecco at the bar, the menu also offers a selection of wine-bar eats: Italian and local cheese, artisanal and house cured charcuterie, raw bar, and fritti. The beverage list will focus on classic Italian and NY state wines, ranging from $35 to $500, and small artisanal breweries. Wine flights will be offered in addition to a wide selection of wines by the glass.  

The 80-seat space has been designed to feel like a 1920’s Roman grocery store with a glass façade, large food bar, a walk-through kitchen, large communal table, wood-burning brick oven and Nolita’s only sunroof for alfresco-inspired dining year round.

Emporio, which will open on Friday, is located at 231 Mott Street (between Prince and Spring), 212.966.1234, www.emporionyc.com. Hours: Dinner from 5pm until 11pm, late night dinner 11pm until 2am, and brunch 11am to 5pm.  Lunch to come soon.    
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