Italian cuisine

Upscale Italian cuisine in Gainesville Square

May 5 – Downtown Gainesville is set for upscale Italian fare as new tenant Gainesville Renaissance prepares to move in this fall.

A Fork U Concepts project owned by Scott and Alexis Kinsey, the couple are set to bring Taqueria Tsunami to the area this summer, the Italian restaurant and pizzeria is a joint venture between the Kinseys and restaurateur Raffaele Crispino.

Crispino, according to a press release, is a native of Naples, Italy, whose culinary resume includes family restaurants in Capri, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Darden Restaurants and Crispina Neapolitan, which he opened in Vinings, Georgia in 2015″ with the mission to share (his) Italian heritage and delight diners with exceptional cuisine.”

The next restaurant is yet to be named, according to Gainesville Renaissance developer Fred Roddy, although a few titles are being considered. Scheduled to open this fall, the restaurant and Taqueria Tsunami will act as the “commercial anchor” for the development. The space between them, Roddy said, will be filled with “high quality tenants.”

“We want special tenants for Gainesville Renaissance and this Italian restaurant fits that profile perfectly,” Roddy said. “We believe this restaurant is a great addition to the plaza and one that will benefit people who own businesses and shop at businesses around the Gainesville plaza.”

Boasting a large patio and a Manna Forni pizza oven – a style of artisan ovens made in Naples – the menu will feature “world-inspired Italian dishes with old country recipes” using authentic ingredients from the south of Italy.

“We are thrilled to join the Gainesville community,” Crispino said in a statement. “Gainesville Renaissance reminds us of a special European building with old world charm but with all the comforts of 21st century construction.”

Located at the west end of the building overlooking its new Renaissance park, the restaurant is designed to provide an elegant dining experience offering area residents “something to remember”.

An additional announcement on the restaurant’s progress is forthcoming, Roddy said.