We love Max, so hopefully they’ll maintain the same quality and vibe when they cross the bridge. The Williamsburg location will be at Driggs and South 2nd and they plan to open in February:
Max, an East Village favorite for hearty pasta and other Italian dishes, rented space at Driggs Avenue and South Second Street.
Luigi Iasilli, an owner, wrote in an email that he plans to close the East Village location as the neighborhood is getting “slow.”
“I finally found what I believe I was looking for,” he said of his Williamsburg site. “For me, [it is] going back to the roots, small space, $3,000 rent, a small yard, a mixed ethnic neighborhood with only a bodega across the street.”
DNA has more information:
The eatery has spent more than a year in flux, after electricity issues caused by Hurricane Sandy forced its longtime home on Avenue B to shutter prior to its lease ending, explained owner Luigi Iasilli. Then, after signing a lease on the South Williamsburg address in late 2011, problems with that building required repairs that didn’t allow Iasilli and his team into the space until this past October, he said. With the real estate snags behind him, the native of Potenza in southern Italy is ready to serve the patrons he followed to Williamsburg as part of their collective exodus from the East Village, Iasilli said.
Iasilli, with his wife and sister-in-law as partners, also operates Max Trattoria Enoteca on Duane Street in TriBeCa, which serves dishes catering to a clientele different than that of the East Village. He also opened a Harlem location of Max in 2001, but has since sold the Amsterdam Avenue restaurant and its neighboring cafe to a partner.
“The Williamsburg menu will be similar to the Avenue B Max,” said Iasilli, “We’ll keep it the way it is because that’s what has been most successful over the years. Customers move out of town or out of the borough, and they still come back asking for their favorite dishes.”