First Look: Bar Americano

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Swathed in Rosso corsa (“racing red”), the customary motor racing color of Italy, Bar Americano’s bar and lounge invite guests to socialize over an after-work Campari or house-made pasta dinner. Sited in the renovated Andrews Square shopping center, the restaurant and its adjoining cafe concept, Bar Crema—which serves coffee, cocktails and gelato—were conceived by Ten Apart partners Julian Goglia, Brooks Cloud and Mike Blydenstein, who are the team behind The Mercury, The Pinewood and Proof Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrups.

“The three of us have been excited about these concepts for several years, and have been patiently waiting on the perfect location to open the adjoining restaurants,” says Goglia. “When [Chef] Adam Waller and [Bar Crema managing beverage director] John Fogleman came on board in the planning stages, we knew that we were on to something great.”

Curated by Waller and Blydenstein, Bar Americano’s menu is firmly rooted in Italian-American classics—think house-made pastas, pizzas and entrées such as eggplant parmesan. The bar program, helmed by Goglia, is inspired by the Italian aperitivo, a light drink or meal enjoyed after work, and focuses on classic cocktails and house-made ingredients. “We’re utilizing traditional, handmade ingredients and years of experience to curate a modern take on rock-solid classics,” Goglia says. “No smoke and mirrors, just painstaking time and effort.”