First Look at Fitzcarraldo, Serving Ligurian-Inspired Cuisine in East Williamsburg


For a follow-up to their Italian-farmhouse-style Rucola, partners Henry Rich and Julian Brizzi plan to open a Ligurian-inspired restaurant early next month on the premises of the 3rd Ward workspace and education center in East Williamsburg. This will mean that members no longer have to leave the compound for sustenance between classes on bike mechanics and cheese-making, and also that locals can drop by for pour-over Stumptown coffee and breakfast pastries, chilled fava-and-mint soup, and ramps with smoked-almond pesto (pictured). Fitzcarraldo takes its design cues from the Werner Herzog film (scene: a crumbling opera house in an overgrown jungle outpost), and although an exact opening date has yet to be determined, the venue will make its official debut on June 1 at the center’s anniversary barbecue. For this open-to-the-public event, chef Vinny Campos will be roasting lamb in a caja china, grilling Brooklyn Cured sausages, and spiking shaved ice with Fernet and Coke.

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*This article originally appeared in the May 27, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.