Chef Anthony Goncalves is opening a new restaurant — and he’s getting into the hotel business.
Goncalves, the chef-owner of 42 in White Plains, is opening Home, a modern Italian restaurant at The J House in Greenwich, Conn. He’s managing the 87-room property — a former Howard Johnson’s renovated to a supercool Mid-Century Modern style — and its food and beverage program, including Bakery, a coffeehouse and bakery from 42’s pastry chef (and former Top Chef contestant) Melissa Camacho.
“I’m bringing our brand of hospitality,” says Goncalves. “We want people to come here and have coffee and pastries any time, or dine with us or stay with us.”
The menu at the restaurant will have a traditional Italian foundation, but with a creative and fun touch. Yes, there will be a wood-fired pizza. “Al Forno-style,” says Goncalves, referring to the well-known restaurant in Providence, R.I. with a wood-fired oven. “We’ll be running the grill pretty high.”
A few dishes he’s working on are a scampi toast, a wood-grilled broccoli agnolotti with cheddar fonduta, octopus Bolognese with perciatelli and pecorino, a seaweed linguine with clams and pork, merguez sausage ragu with mint cavatelli and preserved lemon, and a tatsoi salad with strawberries he pickled in balsamic vinegar himself in the height of the season.
“At the end of the day it’s the finest ingredients I can possibly get my hands on,” says Goncalves. “It’s great to do Italian again — I dabbled in it at Trotters (his restaurant before 42) — but it’s great to get back here and be able to do straightforward Italian. But the way we think of food is always on the modern side of thi ngs and the creative side of things.”
Bakery will serve La Colombe coffee, and Camacho will be making everything from cannoli to cakes to cookies. “She’s being whimsical with a lot of these things.”
The restaurant and hotel was known for its party scene — especially on the outside patio, which was often home to a DJ. Goncalves has converted the outdoor lounge into a multi-season indoor-outdoor dining room with a NanaWall, a clear, movable partition that can be opened and closed depending on the weather.
“This is a special place,” says Goncavles. “It’s great when you’re working in a beautiful place.”