Chef Tom Colicchio Debuts Italian Pop-Up in Former Craftbar Space

Apr 30, 2021 131

BY: Bao Ong

On the heels of the latest season debut of Top Chef, Tom Colicchio is turning the space of his former restaurant Craftbar — which closed in 2017 at 47 East 19th Street — into his first-ever Italian restaurant on Wednesday, April 28. Vallata, a “Roman-inspired neighborhood trattoria,” is a pop-up of sorts and there’s no end date for the restaurant, according to a Crafted Hospitality spokesperson.

This is Colicchio’s first project in NYC since 2016, when he opened Temple Court (which was originally Fowler & Wells) and the Bar Room at the Beekman hotel. The celebrity chef will be in the kitchen for the opening weeks alongside Bryan Hunt, who will lead Vallata’s day-to-day operations. 

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