The East Village is seeing all kinds of new restaurant action lately; the latest to officially start construction is Bottega Americano, which will take up 8,000 square-feet in the base of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law downtown campus, a (LEED) Green Building Gold Certification building that first opened in 2011.
The restaurant, which will incorporate both indoor and outdoor dining spaces, will feature "sleek modern design with retro Italian and European influences"; on board is hospitality designer Thomas Schoos (Searsucker, Puesto) and Marengo Morton Architects. We're hearing that this is the first of several Bottega's in planning.
The rest of the team is reported to include chef David Warner (JRDN) and experience restaurateur Giuseppe Ciuffa, of Giuseppe Restaurants and Fine Catering, which currently runs in-house cafes at several major museums and local attractions.
Ciuffa, the project's director of operations, told Eater that the Bottega Americana's food will be a blend of old world Italian dishes and modern American cuisine; he and Warner intend to collaborate on the menu.