Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New Restaurant in Belmont

This just in from The Chronicle's Inside Scoop:

Italian-born Vincenzo Cucco and Paolo Dominici, who own Bacco in Noe Valley (737 Diamond St., near 24th Street) are opening a second restaurant, Divino, next month in Belmont.

The restaurant, at 968 Ralston Ave. (near El Camino Real), will take over the space of the former Cafe Bellagio. The menu will be similar to Bacco's, featuring daily changing risotto and gnocchi, grilled meats and simple desserts.

Cucco will continue to cook at Bacco in the evenings, but will man the kitchen at the 70-seat Divino during what he expects to be a busy lunch. The new restaurant is located near Oracle and several other large companies.

"It is very competitive, and the only way to make a little more money is to open something else," says Dominici. "One small restaurant is not enough to support our families."