Nunzio Restaurant + Bar is opening on New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island this month, according to manager Maribel Patruno.

The restaurant’s owner, Nunzio Patruno, has seen success with New Jersey restaurant Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, which opened in 2003 and has been reviewed by The New York Times and other media outlets.

“Adulation of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients may seem cutting-edge, but Nunzio Patruno grew up cooking this new old-fashioned way years ago, and he has the loyal hordes to prove it,” the New York Times article says.

Maribel said staff at the Hilton Head restaurant is currently hiring, applying finishing touches and going through the last series of inspections.

A 1,300 square-foot kitchen has been added to the 18 New Orleans Road location — a former Reebook Crossfit gym. The restaurant, able to seat about 200 people, also will have a large bar area and two outdoor seating areas.

“We are not looking to be the special occasion,” she said. “There is something for everyone at every price point.”

Angelo D. Patruno, Nunzio’s brother, will be the chef de cuisine, Maribel said. He was born in the Puglia region of Italy and attended the Culinary Institute of Italy. He owned Ristorante IL Melograno in Doylestown, PA for nearly 20 years.

“Once you have a good ingredient and it’s fresh, it can speak for itself,” Angelo said “Keep it simple and use fresh ingredients. That’s my goal.”

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