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.
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.”
If you’ve been bummed about the loss of Forcella’s fried pizza ever since it closed on Bowery, here’s some consolation: this Thursday, owner Giulio Adriani will reboot the place as a Spanish restaurant.
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.