You can’t get more eyetalian with a name like Toby Buggiani, who is a newcomer on the Greenpoint bar scene and is opening Adelina’s, named after his Nonna, where the recently closed Gypsy Bar was on Greenpoint Ave.
Toby’s bar is a fraschetta, which he described as “a blue collar wine bar,” similar to those in Rome, where he was born. Wine, not only Italian, will be on tap, served in a glass or carafe. Just 5 reds and 5 whites. And 2 types of beer.
In the daytime we can look forward to cappuccino, espresso and fresh cornetti, which are sweet Italian croissants. He hopes to introduce truffled eggs with fontina and asparagus, pizza frita (served at Forcella in Williamsburg) & arancini (RICE BALLS!), with the help of Will Levatino (of Arancini Brothers) and Dan Ross (of Vinegar Hill House).
Adelina’s will be Toby’s first bar, but he comes with a lot of experience as the former manager of Cafe Reggio, an Italian joint in NY on Macdougal St that opened in 1927 and “introduced the first cappuccino to the US,” he said.
Why Greenpoint? He looked at a lot of different areas but, “nothing struck me in the way Greenpoint struck me,” he said.
Adelina’s is opening in mid-June 2012.
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