Il Trattoria di Merende co-owner Julia Lombardi now says she’s hoping for a mid-December opening of the downtown Tacoma restaurant. Readers on TNT Diner have been wondering why the debut —at one time, promised in September – is taking so long. The answer is: they’re still working on it.
Lombardi was hard at work recently getting ready for a health department inspection and putting last-minute touches on the restaurant, which is located in the spot that once housed Vin Grotto.
Merende means snack or small bite in Italian, and that’s what they’ll offer, along with full entrees. You can look forward to combinations like fig and prosciutto, or pasta with meat ragout, made with a touch of nutmeg.
Lombardi said the restaurant concept is based on an Italian tradition, in which farmers share small plates of food during the midday meal.
Merende will be open for lunch and dinner, and will offer a full bar.
Il Trattoria di Merende
813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma