Polpettina, opening in Larchmont the week of Dec. 9 at the space vacated by Espana, will no doubt be a hit because of the food, like the gourmet pizza you can find at its Eastchester location and its creative barbecue and pork plates.
But there’s more.
Here, I think, it’s going to be all about the bar. Forget the word ‘Chardonnay.’
Order a Gin Quince Old Fashioned and while you’re sipping this treat, check out the hand hewn ice block keeping it cold. Watch the staff mix a Barrel Aged Manhattan quickly flaming the orange rind to enhance the flavor. Get the idea?
Partners Michael Abruzese, Kyle Inserra and Joe Lodi hope to repeat the success of their first location (which the Wall Street Journal called “comfort food that on occasion is wildly ambitious”) but are adding the apparent genius of Mixologist Jonathan Forester.
Explaining to us how he sourced the elusive quince for the aforementioned cocktail, he explained that after extracting the elixir, he will centrifuge what’s left to create artisanal pastes for the kitchen.
Friendly and warm with walls of brick and reclaimed wood siding, Polpettina (“little meatball”) opens next week. Next. we will talk more about the food.
Meanwhile, save me a seat at the bar.
Polpettina- 147 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont polpettina.com