It's no longer under wraps: the executive chef behind the new Italian eatery Oro Di Napoli on N. Williams is none other than Kenny Giambalvo. Giambalvo's latest venture — he spent over a decade as the executive chef at Bluehour before moving on for a stint opening casual spot Morso — will have him back in the kitchen. Just last week, Morso announced that Giambalvo was stepping down from day-to-day operations to take over a "consulting chef" role. Owned by financier William Kim, Oro will be Giambalvo's first move to the Eastside, chef-wise. "I love the neighborhood," Giambalvo told Eater. "We like the youthfulness of what is happening on N. Williams, and we are feeling optimistic about the future and the economy."
According to Giambalvo, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant will be "modest" by Portland standards. "It will have a small staff and I will be front and center," he says. "You will see me as soon as you walk in the door." Although the restaurant has no official menu or opening date, Oro Di Napoli will serve wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, antipasti, as well as a limited dessert menu all based on Kenny's travels throughout Italy, with a strong influence from the southern region of Sicily.
According to Giambalvo, Oro Di Napoli hopes to open before Thanksgiving.
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