DELMAR — Popular Albany eatery Pastina Bistro will soon call the Four Corners its new home, taking over the recently vacated Twisted Vine & Tap property at 384 Kenwood Avenue.
News of the Italian restaurant moving in sort of rolled under the table when Twisted Vine & Tap closed its doors following a “Last Call” celebration in September. The announcement was made in a social media post on the Twisted Vine Facebook page in late September.
Owner Michael Pietrocola is moving his restaurant from Albany’s Colvin Avenue location to Delmar’s busy crossroads.
Pietrocola has more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen, including the Executive Suite, Pietrocola’s and Cornells in Schenectady, and The Edison Club in Rexford.
In the two years Pastina has operated off of Colvin Avenue, it has garnered rave reviews from amateur critics. The eatery is a five-star rated restaurant on Yelp after a modest collection of 10 reviews.
Twisted Vine steadily pulled back its services starting in January when its owners announced it would offer take-out orders exclusively. The popular wine bar was a favorite for Delmartians looking for light fare, a pour of wine and live music. By June, owners closed down its dinner services.
Twisted Vine owner Brendan McCann had said in June that there were “several opportunities” to expand business at the Perfect Blend coffeehouse, to which he owns as well. The coffeehouse storefront expanded a few years before, adopting the floor space previously occupied by Bake Me a Cake, which they had owned, too.
According to social media posts, Pastina Bistro is expected to open its new location sometime in November.
— Michael Hallisey