Aroma Italian Kitchen and Bar, the Italian restaurant on South Lamar, is now closed, according to its website. Taking its place is another new Italian restaurant, ManinPasta. According to the counter on its website, it's set to open on Monday, December 11, though general manager Andrea Perspicace said they’re aiming to open in late November.
ManinPasta pegs itself as an Italian fine dining restaurant, according to a Poached ad for bartenders, which means there will be alcoholic drinks. There will be Neapolitan-style pizza, 15 different kinds of handmade pasta, various meat and fish entrees, dessert, and more. It will be open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Owner Davide Careri is behind ManinPasta, with executive chef Davide Tonel and Neapolitan pizza chef Flavio Miraglia, both of whom are from Italy. They’re adding a new pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy and it’ll keep the large patio, which will remain pet-friendly.
Once it opens, ManinPasta’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with dinner until 10 p.m.
Former Threadgill's general manager Dave Whitney opened Aroma on South Lamar in May 2014. It served wood-fired pizza, pasta, in-house mozzarella, salads, and more.
South Lamar is growing with new restaurant options recently, like Italian newcomer It’s Italian Cucina with a focus on northern Italian cuisine. Then there is the nearby Spanish tapas spot El Chipiron, the expansion of Japanese restaurant Soto, Krua Urban Thai in Barley Swine’s old home, and others.