Paul Verica, the chef and owner of The Stanley, will open a new Italian restaurant named Orto in NoDa. Construction starts at Orto in July 2020.
The new Italian restaurant will specialize in house-made pastas and pizzas. “We’ve been testing stuff here at The Stanley,” Verica tells the Agenda.
At Orto, which happens to be the Italian word for “vegetable garden,” look for rectangular, Detroit-style pizza.
The exact location is 416 East 36th, the corner spot of the building that faces 36th Street and also houses Jeni’s and Wooden Robot’s new brewery. It’s across from Idlewild and Novel NoDa’s apartment community. It’ll have a “killer patio,” Verica says.
Don’t expect Orto to be a one-off, either. If all goes well with this location, Verica and investors hope to “put this concept into a box and reproduce more around town.”
Orto, Verica says, is “not as high end as Stagioni and not as casual at Mama Ricotta’s, both of which are great restaurants.”
News of Orto’s opening was first reported by Kristen Wile of the Unpretentious Palate.
A James Beard Award semifinalist, Verica opened the popular farm-driven restaurant The Stanley last year in Elizabeth. Verica’s other local restaurant, Heritage, closed its doors in Waxhaw in late 2017, ahead of his plans to open The Stanley.
Across from Verica’s new restaurant, the Novel NoDa apartment complex opened in 2018 and sits next to a Blue Line light rail stop. The development around it includes a handful of other popular tenants, including Bar Code Fitness and Salon Lofts. In the spot next to Jeni’s, Rush Bowls closed earlier this year.
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