I just got off the phone with Ian Lombardi, who with his parents Julia and Kenneth Lombardi, is opening the Italian restaurant Il Trattoria di Merende in downtown Tacoma.
He's hoping to open in two weeks, but sounded sketchy about whether that's firm.
"I wish I could, but I can't," he said when I pressed him for a firm open date. The restaurant was supposed to have opened in late September. "After the hood vents are installed, we have to do our basic training," he said.
Click here for our post last month about the new Italian restaurant that has Jeff Bishop, formerly of Il Fiasco, in the kitchen.
Merende, in the space that once housed Vin Grotto, will be a small bites place with pricing starting at $10-$12 per small plate. Pizza, entrees and a full bar also are planned.
We'll check back next week to see what's happening.
Il Trattoria di Merende
Location: 813 Pacific Ave.