Anastasia will open in the former Meli space

The Kali's Restaurant Group will open Anastasia, an Italian restaurant, in the former Meli space. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun / May 19, 2011)

The Kali’s Restaurant Group will open Anastasia, an Italian restaurant, in the Thames Street location where it used to operate Meli.

The menu of approachable Italian food — think pastas, panini, charcuterie and gourmet pizzas — is from executive chef Ryn Dorsey. The wine program will offer bio-dynamic and sustainable options, according to Tracey Wise, the restaurant’s general manager.

When Anastasia opens, it will serve dinner only but will soon add lunch service, and eventually breakfast service, too, Wise said.

Since Meli’s closing last October, the two-level space within the Admiral Fell Inn has been thoroughly renovated.

The lower level, which at Meli was lounge-like, with a postage stamp-size stage, will at Anastasia be a fully committed dance space, which Wise said will be targeted to an audience that likes to dance but not necessarily to hard-core music. The club atmosphere, Wise said, won’t kick in until 10 p.m., to give diners on the upper level time to finish eating in relative quiet.

Anastasia will have a walk-in area on the upper level, where customers can come in for quick carryout meals and late-night cappuccinos.

Anastasia, Wise said, is the name of the eldest daughter of Kali’s owner, Vasilis Keramidas.