Radar Range: Sfuzzi to Relaunch in Dallas Next Month, Villa-O to Open 2nd Venue, too.
Remember Sfuzzi, the Cal-Ital chain of upscale eateries that began in Addison then grew to 20 locations across the U.S. by the mid-1990s before being shuttered? Sfuzzi co-founder Robert Colombo and his team (Villa-o, Trece) are re-launching the concept next month. The new Sfuzzi will be located east of the old Arcodoro-Pomodoro location, at Ruth Street and McKinney Avenue.
According to a Villa-O manager with intimate knowledge of the project, the new Sfuzzi will evoke the same Cal-Ital vibe as the old Sfuzzi, targeting a younger, hipper crowd than Vill-O. Sfuzzi will have a large outdoor patio to attract a lively bar scene, and stay open late. The menu focuses on pizzas and pastas.
According to the same source, Rubin Mendoza, formerly of the Mansion on Turtle Creek and Trece, and currently chef de cuisine at Villa-O, will head Sfuzzi’s kitchen.
But that’s not all.
Villa-O is expanding north. Though negotiations aren’t finalized, EscapeHatchDallas has learned that Villa-O is wrapping plans to bring the organocentric Italian eatery to the Galleria, with the old Sushi Samba space the rumored digs.