Danny Meyer is apparently not finished with Roman-themed restaurants: He is planning both a coffee shop and a wine bar right next to Roman pizzeria Marta in Flatiron.
The Marta team and executive chef Joe Tarasco will be in charge of both, one called Caffé Marchio and the other named Vini e Fritti in The Redbury New York hotel at 29 East 29th Street, according to Flo Fab at the Times. Each will have its own entrance on 30th Street.
Caffé Marchio will open next month and will offer coffee, sandwiches, and pastries from Marta and Maialino pastry chef Jessica Weiss. Coffee granita, shakerato (the chilled espresso drink), and Italian pastries like cornetti will be on the menu. Like cafes in Rome, it will mostly be a standing-bar kind of place.
And Vini e Fritti will “follow the Roman tradition of serving delicious antipasti and spritz-friendly fried snacks,” according to a spokesperson from Union Square Hospitality Group. Expect fried fare like zucchini sticks and squash blossoms. Like the cafe, it will have a high table. Vini e Fritti will open in September.
Meyer tells the Times that the businesses are intended to round out the offerings at The Redbury, turning it into a Roman-style piazza where people can get coffee, pizza, and wine in one location.
Now, USHG has Maialino, Marta, and planned East Village fast-casual pizzeria Martina, as far as Roman-themed restaurants go. These two new restaurants will be smaller, but knowing the Meyer track record, it’s possible they will be just as popular as the other ones.