Gioia, a new concept from long-time New Haven restaurateurs Tim Cabral and Avi Szapiro and partners Anthony and Gerard Bianco (A&G Contracting), will be opening at 150 Wooster Street, New Haven. The space will include a restaurant, market, gelataria and rooftop bar. Opening in phases this year, Gioia will offer Italian food and beverages in a casual and fun setting.
“We are thrilled to be opening our new venture in such an historic part of New Haven and are appreciative of the warm welcome the neighborhood has given us,” said Cabral. “Our goal is to create a welcoming space that the community can enjoy, whether it’s couples out for date night at the rooftop, a group of friends celebrating a birthday in the restaurant or families grabbing a gelato from the convenient window at the corner of Brown Street. Gioia means ‘joy’ in Italian, and each of these new spaces aims to provide just that, Joy!”
“We are developing a menu that focuses on delicious and fun interpretations on some of the Italian classics; our wood fired grill and rotisserie will be a prominent feature in the kitchen, heavily influencing our menu with some live fire cooking,” added Szapiro. “Homemade pastas and pizzas will also be featured on the menu, allowing guests to share several dishes making the dining experience a fun time. Vegetarian and vegan offerings, and of course, house made gelato, will also be available.”
Created to complement the food menu, the beverage program will feature a full wine list, beers and cocktails that also incorporate the flavors of the season and a nod to Italy.
The market concept will add to the flavor of “Little Italy,” with Italian provisions, house made pasta and sauces to cook at home, prepared grab-and-go items, artisanal serving ware and other everyday items as a convenience for those living in the neighborhood. With its own dedicated entrance, the market will also be available in the evening for special events, offering a private dining area with a communal table.
Opening in phase two, the three-season rooftop will have its own, dedicated seasonal food and beverage menus inviting guests to experience a unique space in the neighborhood for a meal or to grab drinks. The gelataria with a streetside window will also open in phase two later this year.
The iconic space that formally housed Tony & Lucille’s is being respectfully and lovingly transformed into Gioia working with local artists and professionals including Atelier Cho Thompson (architectural, interior and branding design), Jesse LaRock’s Restoration Woodworks (millwork), Cambium Carbon (a wood rescue company reducing CO2 emissions), Bold Wood interiors (furniture) and muralist Jaime La Jones, among others.
Gioia will be open six days a week, including happy hour, weekend brunch and takeout options. A dedicated parking lot will offer easy parking, along with street parking in the neighborhood.
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