|All photos, Tricia Woolfenden|
|The restaurant is adorned with a lot of hand-painted décor, including stylized portraits on the brick walls. |
Ready for some more Italian in South Florida? Sunrise will soon see the addition of Italian Red Sauce to its somewhat limited roster of family-owned restaurants. The 200-seat space is set for a soft opening on August 1, with a grand-opening event tentatively planned for September, when season begins to gear up. After the jump, find a few more images of the work-in-progress and details about the new Broward County restaurant.
|One of the walls has been painted as a replica of Castel Gandolfo in southwest Italy.|
Chef Aldo Vespero -- a Naples, Italy, native formerly of Aldo Restaurant and Bar in Hollywood -- will lead the kitchen. Specialities will include seafood, housemade pasta, mozzarella made in-house, and Sunday gravy with fist-sized meatballs. Everything will be served family style, and entrées start at $13.99. They'll begin with dinner hours only and look at expanding into lunch after the initial opening phase has passed. The restaurant has a full liquor license, and the wine list will include more than 100 bottles.
|The main dining room includes faux "shops" to give the impression of dining outdoors in an Italian village, owners say. The overhaul of the space started in February. |
|The TV screen in the upper-left corner is one of a handful that will broadcast a live feed of the restaurant's on-premises bakery, where desserts, cakes, and pastries will be made daily.|
|Old family portraits -- of restaurant owners, managers, and staff -- adorn the entryway near the host's stand. |
|This second dining room can be closed off for private parties. They've also got a "VIP room" available by reservation.|
Italian Red Sauce is located at 3828 N. University Drive, Sunrise. Call 954-533-8347. Initial opening hours are planned for 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
|Chef Aldo Vespero has been committed to the wall.|