New restaurant to offer Italian-themed dishes and more

By Michelle Manchir TribLocal reporterMarch 29 at 4:26 p.m.
Gratto Italian Tapas in downtown Glen Ellyn will become flour+wine, a new eatery, to open in May. (Michelle Manchir/Tribune)

Glen Ellyn diners can look forward to a new Italian-inspired restaurant opening downtown later this year.

A team of experienced restaurateurs are spearheading the new place that will open at 433 N. Main St., the site of the former Gratto Italian Tapas Bar, which closed its doors in the village earlier this month, said Glen Ellyn Economic Development Corporation Director Janie Patch.

The new restaurant will be called flour+wine, said co-owner Michael Vai, and will specialize in handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizza and pasta, in addition to “small-plate foods” and entrees that will change as specials.

“I don’t want to be called an Italian restaurant because we’re more than that,” Vai said.

Cost will be anywhere from $4 for soups into the $20 range for higher-end entrees like a filet mignon with crab cakes, Vai said. The restaurant also will offer an extensive wine and beer list, and have specialty martinis and cocktails.

Vai, of Plainfield, is a previous owner of Entourage restaurant in Schaumburg. He said he’s working with his sons, Nicolas and Anthony, and also Brian Goewey, a former chef at Ivy Restaurant in Wheaton, for this new pursuit.

“We know what’s going on in our industry and we’re capturing it,” Vai said.

Vai said he hopes to appeal to families and couples looking for an “everyday restaurant.”

“It’s not a special occasion restaurant,” he said.

Vai said flour+wine owners purchased the lease and assets of the building on North Main Street from Gratto, which is still maintaining its restaurant in Geneva.

Vai said he hopes to have the restaurant open by May 15.

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