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Italian-Turned-Spanish Spot Turns Italian Again

Espolota. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Espolota. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Well, that was fast. Just a handful of months after Giulio Adriani transformed his Italian spot Forcella into a tapas bar named Espoleta, he’s bowing out to let Forcella’s former general manager Gianni Nocella open a — yes — Italian spot in the space. Que sera, sera.

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SRO, a ‘Pizza Speakeasy,’ Brings Fried Pies (and Tight Quarters) Back to Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last month Giulio Adriani converted the Bowery location of Forcella into a Spanish joint, Espoleta Tapas & Wine Bar — but rest assured the pizzaiolo hasn’t left pie-making behind him. Tonight, in the tiny space next to the restaurant that used to hold takeout joint Slice of Naples, he’s opening “New York City’s only pizza speakeasy.”
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The Forcella Folks Are Now Doling Out Neapolitan Slices On Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The last time someone tried to sling Neapolitan slices in the East Village, it was 2 Bros.’s short-lived Totale Pizzeria. But Forcella is hoping to succeed where los dos hermanos failed and has converted part of its dining room into Slice of Naples, a takeout spot serving (you guessed it) Neapolitan slices. It’ll be open from noon to 4 a.m., so, yeah, between this and Cafe Standard, the Bowery just got some pretty solid late-night/early-morning dining options.
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