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Hakan Ilhan, Roberto Donna and Amy Brandwein have all come together to create Alba Osteria, a more dramatic take on their Al Dente restaurant, opening Dec. 30 in Mount Vernon Triangle. The restaurant is a tribute to the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy, which means dishes like salumi, antipasti, Neapolitan pizzas, daily specials and more.
Alba's bar will push both Italian and local wines, with four on draft, as well as beer. A happy hour is planned with $4 beer, $5 wine, cheap bar bites and free mortadella.
There's room for 226 people at the restaurant, with a private dining room, and eventually, an outdoor patio. Matt Norris of Norris Design has created a space about 5,500 square feet in size, with multiple different sections to the dining room. There's the salami and cheese counter, the pizza bar, a huge wood-fired oven as a focal point, and an island bar. Bright reds and oranges dominate the interior. Plenty of wine is on display within the dining room, which has dramatic black chandeliers and reclaimed factory window frames.
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