It wouldn’t be the best time to open a restaurant. When most have closed and only a handful remain for deliveries, the industry has been one of the most hard hit with COVID-19. But just a couple of weeks ago that’s exactly what Adam Leonti and Paul Shaked did in Little Italy, New York.
Sofia’s Panificio e Vino has opened yes, but not under its original planning. However, the restaurateur (Shaked) and chef (Leonti) have adapted to the current COVID-19 inflicted circumstances. They set up a deliver and to-go menu.
Situated on Mulberry Street (where Sofia’s of Little Italy once was – a business run by Shaked’s family) Shaked explained how Little Italy may sometimes “feel like this forgotten corner of Manhattan [but that opening his restaurant there has been “a way to reinvigorate and highlight what is a culturally rich and historic neighborhood.”
Chef Leonti is famous for Leonti in the Upper West Side that closed a few months ago and for the establishment of the Brooklyn Bread Lab.