UPDATED — He’s been talking about it for some time, and now he’s going to do it.
He hasn’t chosen a name yet.
“This time I’m going to pick something easy for people to pronounce instead of Oeno or Sabor or anything else,” he says of two of his other Old Town businesses.
Stephan has hired Gianluca Sciagata to be his chef.
The Italy native most recently has been working in Aspen, Colo.
So why would he want to come here?
“That’s the first thing I asked him,” Stephan says.
“He said cost of living.”
Sciagata, who says he’s fluent in Italian, Spanish and English, is moving here in early May.
He has an Italian pizzaiolo license, which means he’s adept at making pizzas, and his specialty is cooking in wood-burning ovens.
Stephan is checking to see if he can incorporate a wood-burning oven into his kitchen.
Following some remodeling, he hopes to have the restaurant open by the middle of May.