Counter Intelligence

Power Play

Posted in General Interest by melissamccart on February 15, 2009

zolaAll month long, Zola Wine & Kitchen has held its Italian cooking series in a nod to the soon to open sibling, Potenza.  The name–  a reference to owner Dan Mesches’ grandmother– translates to power or might in Italian.

Housed in the former Woody’s department store, Potenza will feature a bakery in the building’s former lobby, a salumeria and a Woodstone pizza oven.  Among other design flourishes, booths are made from church pews, a sleek zinc bar lines the lounge, and tile flooring winds in intricate patterns that vary from room to room. The restaurant takes kitchen as theater to the nth degree: one whole room is halved by the action, with tables to serve as front row seating.

Can’t wait until the March opening? Bryan Moscatello’s touts the cuisine to come in this Wednesday’s pizza class or the gnocchi session next week. Classes are $70 and run from 6:30 to 8:30. Classes sizes are limited and reservations are required. Check out the website or register here.

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