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New Neighbor: Capatosta

Capatosta opened in the Flatiron District on Monday, October 26th. The restaurant is a collaboration between Chef Antonio Mermolia and entrepreneur Gianroberto Cavagnaro. They named the restaurant Capatosta as the two partners consider themselves to be two capatostas, which is "an Italian expression meaning a volitional and stubborn type, someone who takes a different path despite knowing it will not be an easy one." 

Chef Mermolia is a self-taught chef from Gioia Tauro, a small town in Calabria in southern Italy, where he began cooking at the family-owned Hotel Villa Calliope. He said in a press release, "our chosen path is the Italy of the south, an auteur south that has still to be explored...I focused on dishes that can be found daily in the south, not those from the restaurants, but dishes that [my] grandma or mom used to make when I got back from school: as a potato salad with vinegar, onion and bread to which I then added the octopus for example. In the simplicity of these recipes I find a great depth."

In 2012, Chef Mermolia moved to New York where he worked as a chef at Il Punto, Hell's Kitchen, and later as a chef de cuisine at David Scabin's two Michelin star rated Mulino a Vino. He then met Cavagnaro, and the rest is history.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner service is from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Capatosta, 39 West 24th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 255-4655.


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