Spatola, a Sicilian restaurant, opened in the former Julia Blackbird space in the Highland, Westword reported. The space that neighbors Happy Cakes at 3434 West 32nd Avenue kept relics of its previous tenant like corner fireplaces and rustic wood finishes but those are now weaved into the Southern Italian vibe owner Franco Spatola is going for.
On the menu, guests will find the classic antipasti, insalate, primi, and secondi format with approachable dishes and a few specials. There are bruschette, fritto misto, and meatballs and red sauce on the antipasti section and Caprese and Cesare on the insalate. The Primi includes a wide selection of pastas and a couple of risottos while the Secondi has dishes like veal piccata and pollo Parmiggiana.
The new neighborhood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.