First there was I Trulli, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan's Gramercy/Flatiron district specializing in the cuisine of Puglia and the south. Next came Enoteca, a wine bar right next door. Now, entrepreneur Nicola Marzovilla has added an all-Italian wine shop to his 27th Street empire.
Marzovilla and partner Charles Scicolone opened the doors of Vino on Tuesday. With 2,500 square feet and 400 labels, Marzovilla said they plan to sell "the largest selection of Italian wines that we think the consumer should be drinking."
Marzovilla and Scicolone have started with the wine list from I Trulli, which holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; currently, the store offers bottlings ranging in price from $10 to $1,000 (for a 3-liter Gaja Barbaresco), as well as an assortment of grappa, amaro and liquore. In the grappa category, you'll find Jacopo Poli, Nonino and one of Marzovilla's favorite distillers, Marolo.
The sleek space contains a small walk-in storage area, at 60 degrees F, for the heavy hitters -- super Tuscans and top Piedmontese wines, including 1996 and 1990 Sassicaia, 1997 and 1995 Tignanello and a 1971 Prunotto Barolo Riserva. But there are plenty of affordable wines, too, such as Botromagno Gravina Bianco ($10) and Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 1998 ($18). "We want to concentrate on the under-$20 category because it represents a great business opportunity," said Marzovilla.
Vino will soon offer about a dozen private import labels. "We intend to be the Italian destination for wine," Marzovilla said.
143 E. 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
Open: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (through September)
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