Barbatella is open on Third St. South, just beyond Tommy Bahamas in a space that used to be Chinese antiques and another that was a very upscale florist/tchotchke shop.
Barbatella is a neopolitan style Italian restaurant....very La Dolce Vita. It has been opened by the people that run Sea Salt and it is exceptionally good. They do pizzas and the have a gelato shop. Very chic bar with amazing Italian wines by the glass.
My lunch yesterday was absolutely delicious. I ordered orchiette with sausage and rapini. Very good bread and excellent oil without all the flavoring nonsense. The orchiette was al dente and the sausage was mildly hot, very little sauce, tender fresh rapini. Good cheese on it. Glass of prosecco and lunch was about $30 with tip. Not cheap but the food wasn't either. We have had drinks here a few times with wonderful appetizers. Pizzas look excellent. Will definitely give Campiello a run for its money. It appeared to maybe a younger crowd than "cougarville" Campiello. Of course, I'm older than dirt, so everyone looks young to me. LMF
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