Famous Italian Chef Opening Espresso Bar & Specialty Market on Amsterdam Ave

Chef Salvo Lo Castro gets ready to open his new shop on the UWS

A famous Italian chef named Salvo Lo Castro is opening an espresso bar and specialty food market this month on the Upper West Side.

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Casasolvo is expected to make its debut on May 13 at 473 Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets, and one of its main selling points is the $2.50 price tag on all of its coffees – a move that, perhaps not intentionally – mirrors Matto Espresso, which also charges $2.50. Matto’s nearest outpost is at 530 Columbus Avenue between 85th and 86th streets.

Casasolvo’s $2.50 beverage list comes with classic espressos and cappuccinos in addition to “Italian selections like caffè with pistachio, hazelnut, or truffle,” according to a press release sent to ILTUWS.

The soon-to-open shop will also offer Italian croissants, “specialty Italian food products including cheeses and meats, extra virgin olive oils and vinegar [and] Italian beverages and sweets.” Pastas, Italian Coca-Cola and “hand-crafted butter and yogurts” are also expected to be in store.

While the shop’s interior is small – it will be dedicated to the espresso bar and food displays – Casasolvo will have four outdoor bistro tables.

Chef Salvo Lo Castro

Lo Castro has cooked for bigwigs across industries through his private dining and catering services, serving the likes of popes, actors and politicians. And he’s got over a million followers on Instagram, where he’s been dropping some teaser videos (in Italian).

To learn more and see the full menu, visit casasalvonyc.com or follow @casasalvonyc on Instagram.


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