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Nine things to know about Sportello, soon to be a wine bar

Posted by Kara Baskin  November 11, 2013 09:00 AM

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Barbara Lynch is transforming her Fort Point restaurant Sportello from an Italian diner and bakery into a wine bar in honor of its fifth anniversary. The essentials:

It's a new concept. Expect "trattoria-inspired Italian dishes alongside a supremely approachable artisanal wine list," we're told. Lynch says that Fort Point has "come alive" since Sportello opened five years ago and the neighborhood now has plenty of prime options for coffee, bakery items, and sandwiches. Sportello will focus on fresh pastas, polenta, soups, and (of course) wine.

There's a new menu. Dine on buratta with fig, speck and rosemary oil; cauliflower and leek Salad with anchovy, mustard bread crumbs, and minzuna; octopus with olive lemon and potato; corzetti with shrimp, lemon and bread crumbs, and braised veal cheeks with celery root puree, brussel sprouts, and prune.

The bakery counter is going away. Boo-hoo.

There's modified, expanded eating arrangement. There's now two-, four- and six-top tables, along with the counter service and tables with room for large parties of up to 10 wine lovers.

The menu's bigger than at Drink. Sportello's six-seat wine bar will offer the complete Sportello menu, not just a small-plates menu, like downstairs at Lynch's Drink.

The beer and wine selection is small and thoughtful. Experiment with craft beers and Italian wines from small vintners, selected by Wine Director Cat Silirie. There won't be a full bar, at least not right away.

Hey, there's a new chef!. David Cavilla trained at other Lynch restaurants:
B & G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, and Stir.

They have new hours. You can commence sipping at 11:30 a.m. Last call is 11 p.m.

It's closing for a revamp at Thanksgiving. The restaurant will close during Thanksgiving week for the makeover, but you can still escape your vexing relatives downstairs at Drink (or take advantage of their largesse next door at Lynch's Menton).

Ahead, check out a few photos of their new dishes.







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