By Jim Boyce | Bottega quickly gained a reputation for quality Italian food after opening in Sanlitun some 18 months ago. Now the team is looking to liquids for its next move and plans to open a wine bar called Vesuvio above the restaurant. Not surprisingly, the focus will be Italian brands although word is the list will include a good number of options from elsewhere. Let’s hope there is plenty of Aglianico.
Look for delicatessen chain Traitor Zhou’s to open its newest branch in a week or so, this one in the 798 Art District. The TZ team already has venues in 1949: The Hidden City, just below Japanese restaurant Okra, and Nali Patio, just outside the door to Spanish restaurant Migas. Word is Traitor Zhou’s will also soon start selling Cuban sandwiches. More details on the new venue soon.
The Nasca Cafe just off Baijiazhuang Road in Sanlitun South is gutted. Given half the store was already occupied by a juice outfit, it doesn’t look good for this place and its tasty pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and other comfort foods. I’ll pop by in a few weeks to see if there’s any chance in its status.