About three months after an Italian eatery was evicted from its Oak Park location, a Naples native is set to open another in its place.
Vito Tufano, of Addison, has set about sprucing up the former home of the Pasta Shoppe & Café, 116 N. Oak Park Ave., which was shuttered in March after 10 years in business. He’s put in everything from a granite-top bar, to new lights and floors, hoping to open Il Vicolo Trattoria (or “The Walkway Restaurant”) by the end of July.
The restaurant will offer sit-down service, and a full bar, open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Vicolo’s menu will focus on traditional Italian fare, such as pastas, calamari and cannolis, along with wines and cappuccinos.
Tufano, 61, immigrated here from Naples, Italy, in the 1970s, worked as a chef for nine years in Canada, and has since run his own contracting business, which he retired from two years ago when the economy went south.
“Because I’m a people person, and I have some experience and I know exactly what’s going on in restaurants, I figured this would be the best alternative,” Tufano said.