The restaurant will be led by Chef Simone Conosciani of Rome, Italy.
“Being Italian, it has been a lifelong dream of mine to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the United States,” Conosciani said. “Living in the United States has given me nothing but further inspiration for all types of cuisine from around the world. The pure expression of culture through food, in my opinion, is magical.”
Est! Est!! Est!!! will serve an array of appetizers, brick oven pizzas, handmade pasta, gelato, and other authentic Italian dishes, the press release said. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of cocktails and wines as well.
The restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Ludlow streets will have an intimate feel with exterior and interior patio dining, the press release said
Est! Est!! Est!!! is an extension of Mayfair Hospitality’s flagship restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina that has been in operation since early 2022, the press release said.
According to Mayfair Hospitality, Est! Est!! Est!!! is the name of a famous Italian white wine, but the phrase’s origin comes from an old story about a German bishop on his travels.
“He directed a boy to travel ahead and scout the places that had good wine, writing “Est!” (Italian for “There is!”) on the walls of inns that served good wine,” Mayfair Hospitality explained. “When the scout arrived in Montefiascone, where Est! Est!! Est!!! is made, he found the wine to be so good that he wrote “Est! Est!! Est!!!””
The new restaurant will join a growing list of food-based businesses with plans to open at the Arcade, including Table 33, Gather by Ghostlight and 6888 Kitchen.
Megan Dunn Peters, arcade community manager for Cross Street Partners, told Dayton.com they have leased the vast majority of the South Arcade, which includes first floor restaurant and food-based retail space.