Zuppa has been open a mere two years, yet Joseph Manzare’s SoMa Italian joint has gone through (at least) three chefs. With Nick di Arenzo’s imminent departure, Manzare–whose empire also includes Globe, Pescheria and Tres Agaves–has decided to take matters into his own hands, at least for the time being:
Instead of hiring another chef, co-owner Joseph Manzare will start manning the stoves himself.”I love the restaurant so much that I’m looking forward to going in and cooking,” he said on the phone from Mexico, where he was taking a few days off.Manzare says he intends to keep the food simple and focus on local ingredients, such as petrale sole roasted in the pizza oven.
As if Manzare’s return to the kitchen wasn’t exciting enough, Zuppa will also begin offering Sunday night $39 prix-fixe meals. The series will kick off on August 12th, with a very special guest chef: Marc Vetri of Philadelphia’s world-famous Vetri. The Vetri meal will cost $75-80 and will highlight the region of Lombardy. Make your reservations now, because they’re going to go quickly.