Italian favorite Via Emilia closed a few months back, chased from its cozy old Park Avenue space by real estate development. Now it has reopened nearby and is serving its comforting Emilia-Romagna chow in a modern new room that may leave longtime regulars disoriented–until they tuck into their lasagna, gnocco fritto or spaghetti Bolognese.
In other news, Penzeys has opened its Grand Central location, replacing the popular Adriana’s Caravan. The spice chain’s first New York shop carries most of the catalog selection, minus some smaller sizes, reports Chorus Girl. Adriana’s, whose slogan boldly promises “every ingredient for every recipe you’ve ever read,” continues to sell its wares online and by mail as its owner searches for a new brick-and-mortar home.
On the Upper East Side, quirky neighborhood spot Ian–whose eclectic and surprisingly successful dishes combined flavors of the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Pacific–has closed after a three-year run.