Il Mulino is on an expansion roll. Just a month after opening a new outpost in Tribeca, the clubby Italian restaurant chain has announced that it will take over the Flatiron space that housed Scott Conant’s restaurant Fusco, at 43 East 20th St., between Broadway and Park Avenue South.
A more casual trattoria was located across the street but closed over the summer, and the new location, due in October, will be the company’s traditional high end Italian, with such signature dishes as langoustine, double cut veal chop, whole roasted branzino and pastas.
But chef Michael Mazza says it will be “slightly different” too, with more crudo and ceviche. Expect dishes like a crudo of tuna, red snapper and lobster marinated with extra virgin olive oil, blood orange, lemon, and lime, as well as a ceviche with sea scallops, branzino, and Dover sole.
Look for the space to have fewer than 50 seats along with a small bar. “The place will be intimate and very cozy,” Mazza says.
The original Il Mulino was opened in 1981 by Ennio Sammarone and Michael Savarese, and the current owners, Jerry and Lee Katzoff and Brian Galligan, took over the company in 2010. Mazza stayed on as executive chef of the restaurants, which has locations from Miami to Las Vegas and New York locations in the Village, Soho, Midtown, the Hamptons, and Long Island. The original outpost was a favorite of celebrities.