Westchester Italian restaurant Fortina is joining the all-star roster of vendors opening at Dekalb Market, a food hall in major Downtown Brooklyn mixed-used development City Point. Fortina, which specializes in wood-oven cooking, will be filling out a more than 5,600-square-feet space, according to Christian Petroni, chef and co-owner. Though many vendors will only have stalls, Fortina is opening a full-fledged sit-down restaurant for about 130 people and is technically a separate entity from the market.
Fortina debuted in Westchester about three years ago, and the Brooklyn restaurant will be its first in New York City, Petroni says. A 2013 review in the Times of the location in Armonk spoke highly of the both the pizzas and other wood-fired dishes. "We do everything in-house," Petroni says. "We take a lot of pride in that." It also has two locations in Westchester and recently opened one in Stamford, Connecticut.
City Point has already signed on a host of popular vendors, including Austin's popular movie theater and restaurant chain Alamo Drafthouse, Katz's Delicatessen, Fletcher's Barbecue, Bun-Ker, and Ample Hills. Up to 55 vendors total will be coming in, mostly with smaller stands within the market. A Trader Joe's and Target are also opening in City Point. "We think the concept fits really well in the market," Petroni says. "We're so excited to have these great neighbors. If you want to sit down, you can come in and eat with us." The restaurant is expected to open in the fall.