Stratis Morfogen has found a new home for his restaurant Ciano, which closed abruptly in April. The new incarnation, to be called Cucina Ciano, is scheduled to open in August at 181 E. 78th Street, the former home of Carpe Diem. Ciano's chef, Shea Gallante, will not be back. Instead, his sous-chef Tin Huynh will be running the kitchen. "It will be more casual than the downtown Ciano and a little more vibrant," Morfogen tells Grub. "But we will still have our signature dishes including duck Bolognese, steamed chicken in the pot, and veal meatballs, along with salads and homemade pastas." He adds, "Ciano downtown was for occasions; this will be more every day." The new spot will have 65 seats along with an outdoor café. [Earlier]
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