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More Detail on Ari Gejdenson's 3-Level Italian Gastropub

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Word came out back in April that Acqua al 2's Ari Gejdenson had taken over the lease for a 14th Street restaurant space, providing no real information other than it would be an Italian restaurant and that it would be different from the other two Italian restaurants headed to the neighborhood. Well, Gejdenson is still working out the details — including the name — but now he reveals a little bit more about what's in store for 14th Street, including some live jazz and more risotto balls.

The restaurant will span all three levels of the building, with a gastropub on the main level offering Italian, Belgian and American microbrews. "It's sort of a traditional Italian trattoria meets an industrial space with a whole lot of beers on tap and in bottles," says Gejdenson. He also shares that there's going to be a wood-burning pizza oven and "traditional Tuscan trattoria food" such as bistecca alla Fiorentina, osso bucco, a potato-based ravioli with ragu sauce, grilled fish and appetizers like charcuterie and risotto balls.

Meanwhile, the basement level is going to have a live music element to it — perhaps the classic jazz or instrumental that Gejdenson prefers — though don't expect concerts as the space is a bit on the small side. The second level of the restaurant is still Gejdenson's little secret, though he says it will be most likely be different from the gastropub on the main level. More on that when it's available — and Gejdenson's projected opening is later this year or early 2013.

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