Chef Anthony Lombardo, who just weeks ago left his post at the celebrated Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, is opening his own Roman pasta-focused restaurant in Midtown in early 2018. Lombardo tells Eater the eatery will be called SheWolf Pastificio & Bar and will open on the ground level of the new The Selden development at 438 Selden next to Honest John’s.
Lombardo describes the menu as contemporary Roman cuisine. He spent three weeks in Rome this summer exploring the cosmopolitan city’s working-class pastificios (or little pasta factories) for inspiration for the new eatery. What he’ll bring to SheWolf will include what he calls the “Big 3” in Roman pasta — carbona, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe — made fresh using flour milled on-site in a room enclosed in glass where diners can witness the process first-hand.
“I buried myself in the underbelly, in these neighborhood markets,” Lombardo says.
As for the bar menu, SheWolf will focus heavily on often-overlooked varietals of Italian wines, vermouths, and spritzer cocktails.
The 3,300-square-foot space will be situated on the first floor of The Selden, a new construction development featuring residential units on the upper level. The eatery is among the latest dining establishments to take root around the Cass Corridor in recent years, starting with Selden Standard, which opened to critical acclaim in 2014. In August, Eater reported plans for an “Up North”-themed restaurant, North Cookshop, a Barcade location and a brewers training program — all also on Selden.
Lombardo left Bacco — owned by chef Luciano DelSignore — after just over a year as executive chef. He took the post when returned to Michigan following a six-year stint in Washington D.C.
The Culinary Institute of America graduate is strongly influenced by his Italian-American heritage and spent a couple of years working in restaurants in Italy. He says the name SheWolf is inspired by the wolf in Roman mythology that nursed and sheltered the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
Joining him as investing partners are longtime friends Tim Ponton and Frank Arcori.
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