After precisely five years and one night of red sauce, Torrisi Italian Specialties quietly shut its doors following dinner service on New Year's Eve. The Major Food Group trio says they plan to convert the space into a 15-seat, fine dining restaurant with a new name, where Rich Torrisi will helm the kitchen. Details are still scant, but Jeff Zalaznick promises that there will be a la carte options (though, a tasting menu seems likely too). With just 15 seats, the restaurant may once again turn into one of the hardest reservations to score in NYC. Sadly, on its final night, it wasn't:
The final Torrisi menu is elusive, but the evening before, looks to be Torrisi-as-usual:
The space will be getting a makeover, says Zalaznick. Meanwhile, the team will have its hands full with the opening of Santina, its healthy coastal Italian restaurant, which should open on January 15.