Clean up on aisle two!
Push that shopping cart through to Emporio, a new Nolita eatery inspired by a 1920s Roman grocer.
The Italians behind Brooklyn’s eternally cozy trattoria Aurora have stocked the shelves with pastas, herbs, olive oil, and vinegars ready for purchase.
Crudo, salumi, and formaggi from the chef’s family farm are served at the bar along with wine (for the moment: BYO) and proper espressos (until 2 a.m.). Wood ceilings, hand-painted wallpaper, and communal tables warm up the front cafe.
In the dining room out back, roomy booths and a wood-burning oven sit under a glass roof. Settle in for olive oil-whipped baccala and crispy polenta, fried squash blossoms with anchovies, or grilled lamb spiedini with ceci beans (and that’s just for starters). Primi pastas are made from scratch. And, as a nod to the latest trend — pizza pies! — Emporio offers ten styles (from speck to pecorino cream).
A strategic way to go to market.
Emporio, 231 Mott Street, between Prince and Spring Streets (212-966-1234). Soft opening today.