Michael White, Officially Tied to Setai 5th Avenue, Announces Name of Soho Osteria

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With one of yesterday’s big rumors at least partially confirmed, Frank Bruni weighs in to confirm another one, sort of: Eater had reported that Michael White and Chris Canon just inked a deal to take over dining operations at the Setai 5th Avenue, and now Diner’s Journal clarifies that the deal is still being negotiated. One thing’s for sure: White’s Soho restaurant will be called Osteria Morini, after his mentor (and the founder of San Domenico in Italy) Gianluigi Morini (the new restaurant will focus on the Emilia-Romagna region, where San Domenico is located). When the 100ish-seat restaurant opens in July, apps will range from $8 to $12, pastas from $14 to $21, and entrées from $18 to $26.

Homage Alla Bolognese: Osteria Morini [Diner’s Journal/NYT]