Cafe Society

Photos: Caffè, the third member of the Frasca Food and Wine family, opens today

It's official: after months of construction, oven problems, delays and, finally, stocking, outfitting and training, the third member of the growing Frasca Food and Wine family, Caffè, opened this morning.

The sliver of a spot, tucked next to Pizzeria Locale, is filled with quirky artifacts that include paintings of roosters and a wooden deer head in lieu of the traditional taxidermy that adorns this sort of place in Italy. Part take-away counter, part espresseria and part hawker of specialty Italian goods, it's under the control of Travis Vaughn, who was once the executive sous chef at Frasca.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
Contact: Laura Shunk