Search HPS:

« Then and Now Thursday: Sterling Palace Garage, 1961 | Main | Duane Reade on Flatbush Gets Serious Makeover »
Thursday
Oct132011

Breaking: Sette Closed for Good, Reopening on Eighth Avenue as Giovanni's

Sette Enoteca and Cucina, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street, has closed up shop and will be re-opening on the corner of Eighth and Prospect Avenues as Giovanni's Brooklyn Eats, an employee of Sette has confirmed.

Sette, which opened in 2005 under the auspices of now-Food Network personality Amanda Freitag, opened to rave reviews but has since lost its luster, becoming best known for its inexpensive brunch and ample outdoor seating. Owner Giovanni Tafuri apparently thought it was time for a change, and is taking the show on the road to the South Slope, where his new restaurant, currently under construction, will bear his own name.

Giovanni's current state

Stay tuned for more details.

Reader Comments (13)

Interesting development.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

No big loss to me, didn't like their food anyway

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopeperson

The food at Sette was god awful. I mean, really bad.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

As a side note, this gentleman should not have outed himself as the owner because while I was curious about Giovanni's before, I am now completely not interested due to the fact that now I know he owned Sette. He should have made it seem like he was opening up a brand new place, and not just moving and renaming an absolutely terrible place.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

I could never justify it for the price, and I lived right across the street. There's something about $12 for three meatballs that I just can't handle. I can make a dozen, a better dozen, for half that.

Anyway, hopefully it leads to something more appealing, and doesn't take a year to find a tenant.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

guess he didn't notice Gialetti's right across the street, the same way he didn't notice Sotto Voce when he opened Sette.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklynJP

Completely agree with parkslopefoodie. Sette was one of my least favorite Italian places in the Slope. Hopefully the new place will be better, but I'm certainly less excited now.

October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterj

What's coming to the ex-sette site?

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

i love it when foodies who cant boil an egg make comments on restaurants.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterslopie

Awwww, did I hurt your feelings, slopie, I mean owner of the deceased Sette?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

No! I love Sette! It was my favorite restaurant in the hood!! I hear you all saying you didn't like it but I guess different tastes. Wow. This is so sad - and to Trishe and GIovanni, I look forward to seeing you at the new restaurant and will do what I can to go more often.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlkpetal

BrooklynJP - Giallatti's is a cafe that closes before 6. Giovanni's is an italian restaurant. Totally different. Also- Giovanni was the original owner of Sotto Voce.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoe p

30 years ago my husband and I lived across the street from where Sette was. I happened to see it on TV when Steve Buscemi was on "Who Do You Think You Are?" Back when we lived there, the space was occupied by a chidren's clothing store called Abiyoyo.
Judging by these remarks, I guess we didn't miss anything and the place was better off selling kids' clothes, lol.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFormer Sloper

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>