Details of Rosemarino D’Italia—the new restaurant slated to move into the space at 1905 Mount Vernon Ave. previously occupied by La Strada—remain scarce as Rosmeri Espinoza continues to obtain the necessary permits to open the eatery.
“We have a lot of plans,” Espinoza told Patch on Tuesday.
A 10-year veteran at Pines of Florence on King Street, Espinoza said she will bring in a new chef to Rosemarino D’Italia but that many of La Strada’s staff will return to work at the new restaurant, including manager George Prudente.
Espinoza also said the Italian cuisine at Rosemarino D’Italia would be different than what is served at Pines of Florence.
“Each restaurant has its own style of Italian food,” she said. “But we’re busy working on permits at the moment.”
La Strada closed its doors on Dec. 31. Family health issues and business shortfalls prompted the decision to close the Italian restaurant, according to Courtney Scott, daughter of owner Stephen Scott.
La Strada won the Patch Readers’ Choice award for Best Italian Restaurant in Del Ray and Old Town in February 2012.