Tomorrow night, the team from Due Amici will open their first pop-up Italian market at the season opener of Moonlight Market on Gay Street. The tented spot, dubbed Il Mercato, can be found from 6 to 11 p.m. on the restaurant’s gated patio. Chef John Parsons will be smoking meat and prepping fish, and two of the restaurant’s wine reps—Mimma Bonderer of Mondo Italiano and Jon Offredo of Wines LLC—will be on hand to help you navigate the assortment of primarily red wines. Bonderer imports hard-to-find wines from her home of Sardinia, Italy, which will be available to nose and sample.
Pasta, veggies and cheese—many of which you won’t find in the restaurant—will also be available for sale, says restaurant general manager Ryan Rankin, who will be running the pop-up throughout the season. He promises more white wines and seafood into the summer months and will be sharing updates about specialty items on Due Amici’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
“It’s kind of a shot in the dark,” he says. “But [the Moonlight Market] really benefits our restaurant, and we wanted to add an authentic Italian market.”
Also look for an artisanal pizza pop-up at Cafe Brioso courtesy of Dan the Baker. He’ll be selling Italian stone-oven-bake pies from 6 p.m. until sellout. This will be the first in a series of pop-ups Brioso will host throughout the Moonlight Market season.
You can catch the Moonlight Market on Gay Street (between High and Third) every second Saturday of the month, April through December. The outdoor walk-and-shop event hosts dozens of local vendors, from pop-up bookstands to mobile boutiques.