“Italian food zone” coming to 40 Wall

A huge Italian restaurant is coming to the former Dean & DeLuca space at Trump’s 40 Wall, the first US restaurant for a group of owners with four places in Rome. (The site has been vacant for two years.)

It’s called Nero.lab, and should be open in late summer — all 17,000 square feet of it. Plans call for a smaller bar area with 30 tables (90 seats), 9 bar stools and three window seats and on a higher level, a formal dining area with 111 tables (313 seats). There will also be a grab-and-go counter and classrooms for wine and cooking classes.

The food lab name is an odd choice, but that may a nod to the classes and the approach. The restaurant will be open morning till night with this notion in mind: “Nero.lab concept is based on the integration of bars, pastry shops, ice cream parlours, bistros and fast-food restaurants all in a single multi-service space: it is an innovative project based on the values of traditional our regional cuisine, more specifically Roman cuisine.”

The menu is gargantuan and features (among dozens of primi piatti) two things I had never heard of: the panini burger, which is what it sounds like, and the pinsa romana — an ancient recipe for Roman pizza that is oblong and supposedly has fewer carbs. CB1 approved the liquor license, so more TK this summer.


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  1. Great to see this huge retail space brought back to life after sitting vacant for 8 years. Milk Cafe closed in December 2011 after a challenging environment surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests. A few years later, Dean & Deluca signed a lease, but then they got into a financial mess and never even begun work. The Dean & Deluca “Coming Soon” sign stayed up for years. I wish this new venture all the best. A vendor offering the right product should do well there.