The Gambit reports a few new details about Cibugnu, the from-scratch Italian restaurant that's expected to open in the former Leonard Trattoria space next to Herbsaint this week. Chef Octavio Ycaza will be serving a "progressive" take on Sicilian cuisine with "dishes like sausage-stuffed squid with chickpea polenta, braciola rolled with speck, gorgonzola and roasted garlic cream and wood-fired pizzas with grilled ramps and shrimp. Jason Lee, bartending wunderkind of Domenica fame, has designed the cocktail program, "which includes barrel-aged Campari cocktails and other Italian-inspired libations."
As for the origin of the restaurant's name:
Cibugnu is a homemade contraction of the Italian words for food (cibo) and dream (sogno), which Ycaza says they further customized by running through a Sicilian accent. It's pronounced "ch-boo-noo."
6/27 UPDATE: While press materials and Gambit's article both claimed Lee was involved in creating the drinks list, the bartender says he has nothing to do with this project. Our headline has been updated to reflect this correction.
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