The latest on the opening of La Famiglia
Several of you have asked me about La Famiglia, the Italian restaurant that will be replacing Brasserie Tatin. It was supposed to open in January, but -- no surprise -- so far it hasn't.
I e-mailed Dino Zeytinoglu, the new owner, yesterday to find out what was happening, and his reply was in my inbox this morning:
We have been working on some slight modifications to the site. We are in the final stages, waiting for fire and health department inspections, and hope to be open early next week.
Thank you for your continued interest.
Here's what I said in my Table Talk column when I reported La Famiglia's opening: ...
"By the time you read this, Baltimore will have one less French restaurant. Brasserie Tatin in Homewood was scheduled to close its doors last night.
"The good news is that we'll have a new Italian restaurant, La Famiglia.It sounds a bit like Boccaccio North. Gerard Billebault, who owned Tatin with his wife, Gayle Brier, sold the business last week to his general manager, Dino Zeytinoglu, who had come to Tatin from the presently closed Boccaccio in Little Italy. Zeytinoglu is hoping to open his northern Italian restaurant the first week in January, if all goes as planned with the paperwork.
"He's bringing 16 or 17 staff people from Boccaccio - everyone from chefs to valets to park the cars. (La Famiglia will have complimentary valet parking seven days a week.)
"Zeytinoglu said he plans to be at his new restaurant every day, 18 hours a day.
"'We will treat customers like guests at home,' he said.
"He promised that prices will be lower than at Boccaccio, with entrees such as osso buco and soft-shell crabs running from $22 to $26. He also said that 'no fish will go in the freezer,' and he's planning to get his vegetables and fruit locally. The wine list will be mostly Italian and California bottles."