With its prime location right on the corner of Washington Square Park, it's not surprising that the space that formerly housed Cafe Divine didn't stay on the market for long. Hoodline reports that it's been snapped up by Rutilio Durán of Alameda's C'era Una Volta, who is joining forces with two other partners, North Beach resident Dario Nicotra and chef Marco Marianelli, to turn it into a new restaurant, Acquolina. All three men hail from Livorno, a city on Tuscany's western coast (Marianelli actually still lives there, though he'll be moving to SF shortly), and plan to serve the food of their native region.
Acquolina, which means "mouthwatering" in Italian, will offer casual breakfast and lunch options that are intended to be affordable and family-friendly, with omelettes, breakfast pizza, pastries, and espresso in the morning and pasta, foccacia, and pizza made in an imported, stone-lined oven in the afternoon. Dinner will be more formal, with meats and seafood joining the pizza and pasta options, and wines sourced from across Italy, at a variety of price points. The 49-seat space has been revamped with new tiling and an extended bar, and should open in the first week of May.