Since leaving the kitchens at A Voce last May, the talented Missy Robbins has been spending her days consulting on menus like the one at Corkbuzz in Chelsea Market. But, Flo Fab breaks the news today that Robbins will get back behind a stove this summer at Lilia, an Italian restaurant she's opening with Matt Kliegman, co-owner of The Smile and Black Seed. Last August, Robbins hinted at a restaurant of her own, saying that her new place would be "very heavily focused on pasta."
UPDATE: Robbins dishes a few more details to Eater. The restaurant is moving into an old auto body shop on the corner. The large space will allow the team to seat about 70 people at the restaurant and operate a small, separate takeout cafe with pastries. Robbins hasn't settled on any menu items yet, but promises that it will be "my food," though more casual than what she served at A Voce, with an emphasis on pasta, fish, and vegetables. The kitchen will also get a custom made wood-burning grill, which Robbins says is "super exciting. I’ve really missed that."