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Massimiliano Nanni, the chef who brought Saraghina's Neapolitan fare to Bed-Stuy, is opening Celestino, a seafood-focused restaurant, nearby. Photo by Melissa Horn for Grub Street

Good food is happening all over Bed-Stuy these days. Local favorites SCRATCHbread, Do or DineDough, and Peaches HotHouse (among others) have made the neighborhood a dining destination, and now former Saraghina co-owner Massimiliano Nanni is about to open his newest venture just down the block from the much-loved Neapolitan pizza joint.

Celestino, set to open in the next couple weeks, will be focused on seafood, and Grub Street reports that the opening menu will feature “three appetizers, three pastas, and three fishes daily.” The fish of the day will change twice a week, depending on what’s in season, and the menu will include some Mediterranean-inspired couscous dishes.

Nanni will be running the kitchen himself, and the space was designed by Nanni’s wife, artist Paola Citterio, who also designed simple, cozy Saraghina.

With the success of Saraghina and the other restaurants in the neighborhood, it looks like Celestino picked a good place at a good time to do ‘good’ seafood. (Nanni has been in the hood for four years, so it’s no surprise.)

Celestino, 562 Halsey St., Bed-Stuy. No opening date announced, but Grub Street says “in a couple of weeks”.


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