ACCADEMIA-1.JPG.jpg In just a couple of weeks, the Upper East Side will add another reason to venture north on the 6 train. Accademia di Vino, a multifaceted enoteca, restaurant and pizzeria is getting ready to open its doors to hungry patrons with a thirst for Italian wines.

The owner, Anthony Mazzola, is a restaurant and wine industry veteran. Former owner of Sutton Wine Shop and current owner of ‘Cesca on the Upper West Side, Mazzola has played an important role in putting together the extensive wine program at Accademia di Vino. Some of the highlights are the collection of over 500 Italian wines offered by the bottle (from $28 and up) and an extensive wine by the glass program (from $8 to $25). The menu will feature contemporary and traditional Italian cuisine – ranging from antipasti, salumi, and pasta (from $9 to $16); to main courses (from $18 to $30); and of course, desserts (from $7 to $10).

Starting this fall, Accademia di Vino will introduce wine programs that will include tastings, lectures, winemaker dinners, and food and wine pairing sessions. However the intention is not to be too academic, as the name may suggest. “We want for our guests to feel like they've entered a food and wine playground," said Mazzola. "This is not a 'shrine' to cuisine, nor is it a 'wine school'."

If Accademia di Vino turns out to be anything like the playgrounds we grew up on, Mazzola shouldn’t be surprised if an intense game of salumi dodgeball breaks out. We’ll be practicing, just in case.

Accademia di Vino
1081 Third Avenue at 64th