Two Italian restaurants coming to downtown Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Downtown Winston-Salem will be getting two Italian restaurants this year.

One, on Fourth Street, is a new venture from the owners of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar.5327c6a58572b.image

The other, on Brookstown Avenue, is from a veteran restaurant-business couple, one of which is a native of Naples, Italy.

Maria and Tony Di Lisio plan to open De Lisio’s Italian Restaurant in mid-April. It will be in the former location of the Screaming Rooster, 301 Brookstown Ave.

Maria Di Lisio grew up in the restaurant business. Until recently, her family owned several Ciccione’s restaurants in Forsyth County. (A Ciccione’s still operates in Lewisville, but under a different owner.) Tony Di Lisio came to the United States from Naples as a teenager and worked as a chef at Ciccione’s.

“When Tony came here, he brought all his recipes, so this will be an authentic Italian restaurant,” Maria Di Lisio said.

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner.

Pizza will not be on the menu, at least not initially.

“We’ll have pastas, chicken and veal, and sandwiches and salads,” Maria Di Lisio said.

Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The phone number will be (336) 546-7202. Also, Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant has a page on Facebook.

Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar is expected to open in August. It will be owned by Lynn Murphy and Lynette Matthews-Murphy, and Chef Tim Grandinetti and his wife, Heidi.

The restaurant is at 680 W. Fourth St., a block away from Spring House, the restaurant that the partners opened in 2012 at the corner of Spring and Fifth streets.

Quanto Basta will reflect the roots of Tim Grandinetti, who grew up in an Italian-American family in upstate New York.

The Italian phrase “quanto basta” means “enough” or “as required” and is often used in recipes to indicate that the cook should season to taste.

Quanto Basta will be open daily and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It aspires to be a lot of things: neighborhood restaurant, delicatessen and market, espresso bar and wine bar.

Dishes will include small pizzas, homemade pastas and other Italian specialties.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to later Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The restaurant is on Facebook at Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar.

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