And overhead, a giant flying dog carrying a young hero named Atreyu.
Okay, maybe not that last one. But you might, soon enough.
Welcome to Tirovino, a new Italian restaurant and wine bar using some unexpected ’80s cinema to help get you in the mood, now open on Melrose.
At first, things seem to be fairly... standard-issue Italian. It’s a nice-looking little enclave with low-lit tables under brick, sconces and some ancient book pages pasted onto the ceiling and walls. There’s pasta. There’s pizza. There’s wine. It’s got all the makings of a quality date spot. Which is good, since you did show up with a date.
And it’s not that you’re wrong. But once you’re settled in with your merlot-syrah-sangiovese blend and some shareable plates of Marinated Octopus, you’ll notice a few unexpected details that remind you you’re on Melrose. Like some surprisingly peppy Top 40 music. And a projection wall on the front patio that will be screening Italian films and other “classic” movies like The NeverEnding Story.
No word on Just One of the Guys.