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Carbone crew revamps Torrisi Italian Specialties into à la carte fine-dining

Mario Carbone (right) and Rich Torrisi (left) at Torrisi Italian Specialties
Photograph: Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation Mario Carbone (right) and Rich Torrisi (left) at Torrisi Italian Specialties

Five years after opening on Mulberry Street, Torrisi Italian Specialties—the first of the Carbone owners' blockbuster hits (see Dirty French, ZZ's Clam Bar)—has officially closed. An homage to Italian-American cooking, Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick's red-sauced original ran as a sandwich shop by day and prix fixe restaurant by night, finally shuttering after dinner service on New Year's Eve. 

But Major Food Group fans shouldn't fret: The small space will be a retooled into an intimate, 15-seat fine-dining restaurant under an undisclosed new name. Plus, Torrisi will remain at the kitchen's helm to churn out both tasting and à la carte menus with—yep, you guessed it—Italian inflections. It's unclear how long this makeover will take, especially as the team's hands are currently full with a second outpost of Parm on the Upper West Side and the forthcoming Santina, the crew's largest project that's slated to serve Italian coastal cuisine at the High Line.

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