Let’s skip past the obvious jokes, though, and focus right in on... eating really good Italian food under the stars.
Target some meatballs at Pistola, Vic Casanova’s commanding new Italian steakhouse for chops and pasta with a major side of bar, opening Wednesday in the old AOC space on 3rd Street. (See the slideshow here.)
If Gusto is a charming little pasta indie, think of this as Casanova’s blockbuster-y follow-up. It’s a white-tableclothed, black-wooded steakhouse where we see you starting a date at the towering bar with some Negronis—they’re cooked sous vide here with a bunch of botanicals for four hours. You were just saying you’re thirsty for some sous vide Negronis.
And after the first round, one of those leather booths seems like the logical next destination. And it could be. Assuming you have a next destination.
But that’s when you could lead your date upstairs—plot twist—to the hidden little patio under a retractable roof. The menu will lead you to some combination of steaks, veal parm, handmade rigatoni alla vodka and lamb neck ragù.
You were just saying you’re hungry for—
Eh, never mind.
Does sound really good, though.