First Look: A Presto! Brings Family Style Italian Dinners To Capitol Hill

Mar 08, 2022 197

BY: Nevin Martell

Sundays were sacred during Stephanie Hulbert’s childhood in Montclair, New Jersey. Her mother, Susan, would get up early to prepare sprawling suppers for their extended Italian family. “I’d walk downstairs in the morning and I would smell garlic, I would smell sauce,” she remembers. “I would stay with my mom: cooking, stirring sauce, making meatballs, and just watching.”

The Italian American recipes she learned during those kitchen sessions are the backbone of A Presto! Italian Foods, which will pop up Thursday through Sunday at Bullfrog Bagels in Capitol Hill, starting March 13. The slim upstairs space has six seats at the bar and another two dozen at the tables, which are cloaked in classic, red-checkered tablecloths. Delivery and takeout will also be available and, once it gets warmer, they’ll add the downstairs patio into the mix.

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