Launching tonight and open for dinner Monday through Saturday is Salvucci's, the new Italian restaurant from RMD Group, which counts Don Chido and Rustic Root among its downtown area assets. Two weeks from today, the restaurant will start its regular hours — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. then 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, with Sundays added eventually.
RMD Group announced the project in March, when it took over the East Village space vacated by Comun Taqueria and gave it a moderate refresh. Now, hanging market crates obscure the existing open kitchen while handmade pasta hangs in the see-through walk-in cooler and vintage photos decorate the walls.
The menu, influenced by the group's East Coast roots, revolves around homestyle Italian food by chef Michael Marino and ranges from fried ravioli and meatballs as starters to salads, pizzas and main dishes that include chicken parmesan, lasagna and spaghetti with clams.