October 17, 2019 Tim ATEN Knows
The owners of Sea Salt, Barbatella and Dorona are launching Grappino, their fourth Naples restaurant.
Naples residents Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli, owners of the Aielli Group of restaurants, recently took over the former space of Timeless, which operated for two years at 90 Tamiami Trail N., next to La Colmar Bakery & Bistro and across from Wynn’s Market. Grappino is targeted to open there at the end of November.
When Timeless closed in late June after a rough season, local architect Matthew Kragh said the restaurant he co-owned with Chef David Nelson would reopen Oct. 15. The summer hiatus gave Chef Nelson the opportunity to rest after receiving treatment for bone marrow cancer. Mr. Nelson, also previously a longtime local chef at Truluck’s and Avenue5, is doing well now, but time is up for Timeless.
Aielli’s corporate chef Jason Goddard initially will helm the kitchen at Grappino, inspired by the Venetian heritage of Chef Fabrizio Aielli. The new restaurant’s name stems from Grappa, a popular grape-based pomace brandy of Italian origin. Grappino will feature one of the largest Grappa bars in the country, with more than 100 varieties of the distilled spirit for craft cocktails and after-dinner drinks.