SamFam LLC, owner of the recently opened Herbe Sainte in Aksarben Village, is set to debut a seafood-inspired, Mediterranean concept in Midtown Crossing in late April 2017. Called Della Costa, the new restaurant will feature regional dishes from the coasts of Italy, France, Spain, Morocco and Greece.
Owners Ron Samuelson and Justin and Aaron Halbert say Della Costa gives them a unique opportunity to showcase the flavorful and diverse cuisines of the vibrant Mediterranean coast. Executive chef Jeff Owen, chef de cuisine Shawn Phifer and pastry chef Tina Tweedy are developing a distinctive array of items blending the flavors and cultures of this popular region.
“It opens up a whole, new range of opportunity for oysters, clams and whole-grilled fish. It will definitely be trending more toward the seafood side of the Mediterranean palate,” Samuelson says. “We are really excited to explore this region in depth and find the authentic feel of the area with small, sharable bar appetizers; quick and interesting lunch items; and a dinner menu that will feature everything from pasta, grilled seafood, and aged steaks. The dessert menu will showcase Tina’s unique and whimsical take on classics and modern sweets from the area.”
The new concept will take over the space formerly occupied by Brix – A Wine and Spirits Experience. From the color scheme, lighting and music to use of the large outdoor patio, Justin Halbert said the goal is to create an intimate, casual space, “where we can build relationships, and inspire guests to visit on a regular basis. We don’t want the space to feel like a once- or twice-a-year celebratory space.”
“We really like the idea of bringing something fresh to the Omaha market that hasn’t really ever been expanded upon,” Samuelson says.
The company’s resident sommelier, Aaron Halbert, is developing a broad and inspired wine and cocktail program, designed to complement the bold flavors of the menu and enhance the experience of the outdoor patio, which is among the most popular in the area.
“Aaron specializes in finding family-owned properties with small batch production and hopes to bring some of these newfound gems to Omaha for the first time,” Samuelson says.
Aaron Halbert’s expertise in mixology will also be utilized in the expanded bar area that is planned along the Farnam Street side of the restaurant.