Back in January, a devastating fire swept through Sauce, the Italian spot at 78 Rivington St., forcing the eight-year-old Lower East Side restaurant to close. After months of repairs, Sauce is set to reopen. According to restaurant reps, they’ll be back in business on Friday.
Sauce has a refreshed interior, new food items and a new cocktail program with signature spritzes and negronis. A food consultant (Maura Ardu) and a beverage consultant (Noah Small) were brought in to help update the menus. The familiar “Italian grandma” decor has been upgraded with, “bold elements that pay homage to New York City’s hip hop scene with portraits of rap legends and an old-school playlist with hits from Biggie, Tupac, and The Beastie Boys.”
Well-known East Village chef/restaurateur Frank Prisinzano opened Sauce in 2011, but hasn’t been in the picture on Rivington Street for several years. In 2016, Adam Elzer bought out Prisinzano and his business partner, Rob DeFlorio. Elzer’s Everyday Hospitality also runs Sauce Pizzeria, which has three locations (one in an adjoining space on the corner of Rivington and Orchard streets.
Family Recipe on Eldridge Street is getting some blog love this week.
Some mid-week restaurant news around the neighborhood:
- Examining the vegan and vegetarian options at Eldridge Street newcomer Family Recipe. (Fork In The Road)
- Speaking of Family Recipe, it’s one of two LES venues highlighted as affordable, enjoyable alternatives to expensive hotspots. Sauce, Frank Prizinzano’s new Italian joint at Rivington and Allen, is the other. (Eater)
- Gaia Italian Cafe on East Houston Street celebrates its first anniversary tonight; stop by to congratulate them and sample some goodies between 5 and 8 p.m. (TLD inbox)
- The Meatball Shop’s Michael Chernow has a second career: modeling. (GrubStreet)
- Donate to support Holocaust survivors; get homemade knishes. (KnisheryNYC)
Sauce, 78 Rivington Street. Photos by Cynthia Lamb.
It’s hard to argue with Frank Prisinzano’s successful restaurant concept: serve good, fresh, simple Italian food at reasonable prices, while keeping a serious wine list on hand for your less price-sensitive customers. This keeps traffic flowing to his East Village restaurants Frank, Lil’ Frankie’s and Supper. Now he’s opened Sauce here on the LES, with a focus on red sauce pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches and meats, all priced way below the stratospheric levels of posh Italian joints in this town.
The dining room features tile floors, large windows along Rivington and chandeliers fashioned from retired cutlery.
Most of the plywood is down and the lace curtains are up at Sauce, the new Italian eatery set to open by the end of the month at the corner of Rivington and Allen streets.
For his first foray south of Houston Street, Frank Prizinzano of Frank and Lil’ Frankie’s has converted the former Kampuchea space into an old-school red sauce look. We wandered by with our camera this afternoon and caught construction workers putting finishing touches on ceilings and bathrooms. There’s still some work to be done on the Rivington Street side, but the entrance on Allen Street is complete, and big windows offer a look inside.
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Renovations continue at New Roma Pizza at Delancey and Essex.
Starting off the week’s local restaurant and food news:
- NY1 visited the new Heritage Meats in Essex Street Market last week.
- Hester Street Fair co-founder SuChin Pak talks to Grub Street about her cravings for Pho and her new day job at DailyCandy, just as Uniqlo plasters her face on buses.
- Sauce restaurant, the Italian eatery scheduled to open at 78 Rivington this fall, is hiring an experienced butcher, according to CraigsList.
- Fork in the Road introduces a new peel noodle joint at 28 Forsyth St.