So, Husbear's been working at Enoteca Vespaio for several weeks now, doing such glam things as hanging pictures and throwing around trash. (Into proper receptacles, of course!)
The restaurant opened for business yesterday, 8/17; the opening had to be delayed a couple of days so that they could get everything ready to go. They programmed scales, cleaned frantically, and finished getting the decor up.
I gather there were a couple of minor blips yesterday (i.e. forgetting to get any bread from the back with which to make sandwiches), but the Husbear reports that feedback is overwhelmingly positive. The polpetti (pork meatballs with housemade breadcrumbs and fontina cheese) have been getting an enthusiastic response, probably because they break the pig down into its constituent parts right there in the back. They also are making all of their charcuterie in-house, a very tall order, but one that is in my mind probably going to be well worth the extra time.
I'm sure Enoteca is going to do really well... since I work downtown, I'm well aware of the lack of local places to eat a really good lunch around here, especially on South Congress. (I know, I know, but even Guero's gets old after a while, and while Zen's pretty good, the one on SoCo can be kinda spotty.) It's a little expensive, with sandwiches in the $7-9 range, but the quality's really good, and Husbear says the sandwiches are ginormous.
I'm going to try to get him to bring the teeny camera into work with him so that we can get some pics up. They don't have a website yet, which explains the people that have been visiting here after searching for "Enoteca Vespaio" on google. (Hello, people! Feel free to leave a comment! welcome, etc.)
I'm totally going to have to go down there for lunch to see if it's actually any good. Husbear's got good taste, so I bet it is - still have to see for myself, though.