After a soft opening yesterday, Spuntino is now open officially. The comfortable spot -- which took over the former home of Red Trolley at 2639 West 32nd Avenue -- will focus on serving quick and casual Italian dishes ranging from soups, salads and panini to gourmet popsicles and gelato.
Owners Simone Parisi, of Parisi and Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, and Dorina Miller will serve "computer food," as Parisi calls it. "We like to do some food where people can come in and work on their computer and have something good," he explains.
Parisi brought in an ice cream expert from Italy to teach the staff how to make gelato; the only staff member who's a holdover from Red Trolley is the gelato maker. He promises that the legendary chocolate, sea salt and caramel gelato, will remain, as will other popular Red Trolley flavors.
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Spuntino will also feature homemade pastries and some serious coffee, changing coffees monthly and offering one Italian, one local and one national selection. Parisi says they also plan to serve rotating chef's specials, which can be accompanied by wine from Bonacquisti, which is located at 4640 Pecos Street.
"It's really simple," says Parisi. "Simple menu, good coffee and we have a good pastry chef. We're going to try to do everything in-house."
As for those former customers wondering if they can use their Red Trolley Groupons at Spuntino, Parisi says that if he continues to get requests -- and he's already received several -- he might pick a day when they can be redeemed at Spuntino. In the meantime, he advises that some people have been able to get their money back from Groupon.