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Arrivederci? Not so fast

Visones are bringing back Italian fare

Visones are bringing back Italian fare

March 01, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Restaurateur Eva Visone and her husband, Francesco, can thank the dismal housing market for prompting them to open another restaurant in downtown Martinsburg.

In the summer of 2006, the Martinsburg couple had plans to sell their 1950s-era home, find a buyer for the Italian bistro they operated for five years at 301 W. King St., and move to New Bern, N.C., and open a restaurant there.

"We couldn't sell the house, so we're still here," Eva Visone recently said. "We have to make a living."

The couple said they plan to open Casa Visone at 120 N. Queen St.

"We're going to throw in some new stuff," Eva Visone said of the menu, which still will reflect her husband's Tuscan roots.

The couple moved to the area in 2000 from Washington, D.C., after Francesco, who hails from Florence, accepted an offer to work as dining room manager at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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Their bistro at 301 W. King St. replaced the Grapevine in the old storefront corner location at King Street and Maple Avenue. Chef Raffaelle has continued to offer Italian cuisine at the location near the U.S. Courthouse since Toscana closed.

The Visones' new restaurant will open in the space formerly occupied by Ed's Sicilian Sandwich Shoppe, across from the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Before it became a sandwich shop, the building was home to Antoinette's, a bakery.

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