After a little more than two years, Theo Gilbert is switching gears. His Terragusto - above Geja's Cafe and next door to the Park West Theater - will serve its final meals this Saturday, then re-open next Wednesday, May 18th, as a more casual concept: pastaterra.
"The place on Armitage has never gotten up to speed where we wanted it to," Gilbert said. "I brought on a couple of different people I thought were going to free me up to work on some other projects, but that hasn’t happened."
Gilbert will continue to operate the original Terragusto in Roscoe Village, known for its wide front windows through which passersby could watch them make pasta everyday. But he says his Lincoln Park location was taking up so much of his time that he was unable to focus on his next project in the suburbs.
"I need to free myself up from the stoves, so we’re going to reconcept the one on Armitage. We’re distilling it into what everyone knows – the fresh pasta – and really just boiling it all down to that," he said.
That means there'll be about four antipasti items such as soup, salad and meat or vegetable plates; there will also be 13 homemade pastas.