Back in November, we told you that the owners of Trinacria, the 105-year old Italian grocery store and deli on Paca Street, were going to open an Italian cafe in Mount Vernon.
And so they have.
Trinacria Italian Cafe (111 W. Centre St., 443-750-4082, trinacriacafe.com) opened last month in a ground-level retail space in Gallery Tower, an apartment building on the corner of Centre Street and Park Avenue.
The counter-service cafe is not a replica of the original, which is very much still in business. There are things like pasta sauces, cookies and other pastries for sale at the Mount Vernon spot, but it's a far more limited selection than what you'll find on Paca Street.
Owner Vince Fava, whose grandfather founded Trinacria as a macaroni works in 1908, said he's bringing up more merchandise every day and looking for room to display even more.
The new cafe is more like an extension of the Paca Street deli counter. There are hot and cold sandwiches and subs, like there are at the original, but the cafe has a menu pastas and thin-crust pizzas, too.
And, unlike the Paca Street location, there is a place to sit down and eat.
The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but those hours might change, Fava said, as he gets a better read on what the neighborhood wants.