Acclaimed chef Michael Toscano, who left his post as executive chef of Perla, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and the soon-to-close Montmartre in New York last year to move to Charleston with his family, will open a restaurant of his own. Called Le Farfalle, it will focus on regional Italian food, a publicist tells Charleston’s Post and Courier, with possible dishes including a “non-traditional porchetta with pickled cherry-pepper glassato.”
The restaurant will be a mom-and-pop shop, with Toscano’s wife, Caitlin — who has an impressive résumé herself, with stops at New York institutions Craft, Del Posto, and Per Se — running the dining room. They’re moving into a space currently occupied by a restaurant called Leaf Charleston, which has a nice garden that looks ideal for sipping amaro. This is definitely a major win for Charleston, and a big loss for New York.