Included in the agenda for Community Board 3’s SLA meeting tonight is Beltrami Foods, an Italian restaurant that’s set to occupy the long-dormant storefront on 14-16 Avenue B, at the corner of 2nd Street.
According to Cristiano Morroy, one of the restaurant’s owners, Beltrami will be open from morning to night, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The chef will be Morroy’s mother, a professional chef whose food reflects where she lived and worked in her native Italy. The restaurant’s menu will have a strong southeastern accent, as Morroy’s mother spent time in towns like Apulia and Otranto, both located in the heel of Italy’s boot.
Although this is Morroy’s first restaurant in New York, he already runs a catering company that does a lot of work in the fashion industry. His mother, he says, is quite well-known back in Italy, having cooked for both Mick Jagger’s and Willem Dafoe’s wedding party.
Anyone who’s confronted Mick Jagger’s mouth and come away unscathed is obviously made of strong stuff, but even so, the CB3 SLA licensing committee has a way of testing the resolve of the hardiest souls. Regardless of what happens at tonight’s meeting, Morroy says that the restaurant is scheduled to open in May.