Chef Fiore Tedesco will open L’Oca d’Oro at 1900 Simond Ave. in the Mueller development on Wednesday. The restaurant from the veteran of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan and Franklin Barbecue is billed as a contemporary Italian with a neighborhood feel. L’Oca d’Oro, which means Golden Goose in Italian, will serve homemade pastas and salamis cured in house and feature a full bar, wood-burning grill and rotisserie.
The menu will feature dishes like grilled black drum with fennel and loquat; black pepper tagliatelle with pancetta, squash blossoms, and pecorino; and family-style entrees like porchetta with dandelion salsa verde.
“My grandparents were working class Italian immigrants. They made the most elegant simple food out of very humble ingredients. I remind myself about this every day. In essence, this is the goal of our cuisine,” Tedesco said.
L’Oca d’Oro will be open Wednesday-Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant, named loosely after Tedesco’s daughter’s nickname, also features a kids’ menu, with dishes, like zucchini boats, that were selected through a children’s coloring contest in partnership with the the neighboring Thinkery children’s museum.
L’Oca D’Oro intends to add lunch and brunch service in the fall.