While we all know that Bushwick has always managed to keep Italians out (apart from an allegiance with Note Thai) with its permeating Hispanic population, this hasn’t stopped many an Italiano or Italiano wannabe in the vein of Tony Soprano from opening a restaurant celebrating the country’s orgasmic cuisine. Unfortunately, the few that have tried to sustain themselves have yet to succeed in the long-term (see: Pasta Shop, formerly on Starr Street).
Enter heretofore stakeowner in what is now Southwest Queendom, Gino Adoronapoli, a half-Italian who has been working diligently to open the latest attempt at Italian fare in Bushwick, Linguine, which will open sometime next month in the Jefftown nexus near Desi Grill (even though Indians don’t understand Italians either–and vice versa).
Adoronapoli poached the former head chef of Southwest Queendom, Rotunda Potata, to whip up pasta dish delicacies ranging from pesto penne with a sprinkling of duck cream sauce to “red” rigatoni featuring an arrabiata sauce with capers. Potata noted of her traitorousness, “What do you expect? I am an Italian. I would rather make pasta than Southwestern shit.” So there you have it, at least there’s some passion behind the project, which may or may not fail depending on whether or not it follows the lackadaisical Pasta Shop business model.
Written by Genna Rivieccio