Mangia! Mappamondo Returns to West Village Spot Vacated in '99

Date Published: 
Feb 9, 2010

After just over a decade-long intermission, Mappamondo, Italian eatery of the West Village, is returning. In 1999, owner Claudio Gottard shuttered the favorite local joint, and, indeed, perhaps it was not such a bad decade to take a break from Manhattan pasta consumers. But now not only is Mr. Gottard back, but his restaurant will open in the same exact location, like a blissful, 1,650-square-foot reprieve where the second set of Bush years and carb-consciousness never happened.

“I love the West Village and have had opportunities to open elsewhere, but I never wanted to,” said Mr. Gottard, a native of the Lake Como area of Italy. “And what are the chances that you can open [Mappamondo] in the same location with the same name?”

In the Interim, the space housed another sort of time warp – The Shag Bar, a venue whose décor made no mystery of its Austin Powers-inspired name.
Jason Turner and Anna Rhein, of Zelnik & Company, represented both the tenant and the landlord in the deal. The asking rent for the space was $9,000 per month. Mappamondo will open later this month.

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