The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchen coming to Riverside: Quick casual fresh Italian
Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchen can be the start of something big for Chef Greg Nalley who has already had great success in Baltimore for his Nalley Fresh Restaurants. He and his partners have opened the Nalley Fresh quick casual food concept in downtown Baltimore, Hunt Valley and Towson with a Timonium location opening in a couple weeks, in Canton at the Can Company late October and another downtown location at 400 E. Pratt Street early winter.
The quick casual Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchen will be opening in the old Ullswater location at 554 E. Fort Avenue not quite Federal Hill and not quite Locust Point, just in-between. The Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchen concept is patrons choose from established pasta and salad bowl offerings or customizing their own by picking their pasta shape preference (gluten free available), sauce and protein. There will be daily offerings of additional gourmet sauces, proteins and pastas. Pick your beverage; Tuscan Fresh has a liquor license so they will be serving wine on tap from mini kegs or indulge in a bottled brew. They put our meal together tout suite and bring it to your table. Look for a November opening date for Tuscan Fresh.
This like the first Nalley Fresh, will be a prototype for future Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchens. Nalley advised, “Like Nalley Fresh where we do a nice portion of our business in carryout, I foresee the same for Tuscan Fresh – guests will be able to order on line.” He continued, “The price point will be in the $12 to $15 range.” Chef expressed that Tuscan Fresh will be conducive to family dining.
Chef Nalley started in the business back in 1992 where he spent 10 years as the executive chef at the Maryland Jockey Club. He opened his first restaurant at Tide Point, the Harvest Table, and sold it after seven years. Since then he has been doing consulting and developing his Nalley Fresh concept. His partners in Tuscan Fresh Italian Kitchen are not the same as Nalley Fresh and wish to remain silent.
When asked why the Riverside/Locust Point location chef Nalley replied, “There isn’t an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood so the location is ideal.” So get ready to get your Italian on Riverside, Buon Appetito.