Caffè La Tana: Italian grocer and café to open on the Drive this fall

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      The team behind Fraserhood’s Italian food spot Savio Volpe recently opened its second restaurant venture, Pepino’s, on Commercial Drive.

      In true restaurateur form, the creative minds behind the dining establishments have already been working on another culinary project for a couple of months—this time with a retail aspect to it.

      Situated right next to Pepino’s, Caffè La Tana (635 Commercial Drive) will be an Italian grocery shop that also offers coffee and meals in the daytime.

      “[Caffè La Tana] is going to be a classic European café alamantari, which is a grocer,” Paul Grunberg, one of its co-owners, told the Straight by phone. “We are going to have a retail element, a breakfast and lunch element, and a café element.”

      It’s too early for menu details, but guests can expect plenty of Authentic Italian dishes and a curated coffee program; its retail shelves will be stocked with fresh pasta and beautifully packaged goods.

      Grunberg explained that his team originally wanted this project to open alongside Pepino’s, but acquiring the necessary permits from the City delayed their schedule.

      “Our intention was to open them at the exact same time,” explained Grunberg. “Looking back now, we’re pretty grateful that we are separating the opening, just so we can focus on one thing at a time.”

      Caffè La Tana is slated to make its debut this fall.

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