Authentic Italian restaurant opens today on Main Street
|Photo by Sam Williams||Susanville attorney and restaurateur Mark Nareau poses near a mural inside his Little Italy Italian Kitchen. Nareau, inspired by the cuisine of his Italian grandfather who owned restaurants in New York, Boston and San Diego, plans to offer authentic Italian food at the new restaurant, located at 2212 Main St.|
Sept. 3, 2013 — If you love the authentic flavors of the Old World, you might want to check out the Little Italy Italian Kitchen that plans to open this week at 2212 Main St. in Susanville.
Susanville attorney Mark Nareau celebrates the cuisine of his Italian heritage and returns to the business of his youth when he managed one of his grandfather’s Italian restaurants in San Diego as a teenager.
If preparations continue as planned, the new restaurant could be open today, Tuesday, Sept. 3. If it’s not ready by Tuesday, Nareau plans to open sometime later this week.
“If the lights are on, we’re open,” Nareau said with a smile.
Nareau said he draws his inspiration from the cuisine of his grandfather, Marco Gelsamino, who was born in Olevano Romano, a small, picturesque hillside village south of Rome. Nareau said there are no members of his family left in the village, but when he visited for a few days earlier this year he met some old friends who knew and remembered his grandfather’s family. He said he even spent some time cooking with the locals in their kitchens.
Nareau said his grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1938 and owned Italian restaurants in New York and Boston before moving to San Diego and opening another restaurant there.
“I just wanted to offer a little variety in town,” Nareau said.
The restaurant serves several varieties of pizza made with ingredients imported from Italy.
The recipes for the restaurant’s pasta dishes come from regions up and down Italy — from Tuscany to Sicily.
The restaurant offers a chef’s choice of raviolis made fresh daily. In addition, lasagna also will be made fresh daily.
“We’re tying to do everything we can to set us apart,” Nareau said.
Not interested in pizza or pasta? Well don’t fret. Little Italy also offers salads and a variety of sub sandwiches served on heated ciabatta rolls.
In addition to take out, the restaurant offers delivery to your home or business and an outdoor patio dining area.
For more information, call 257-2525 or visit the restaurant’s website at littleitalysusanville.com.
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