Pow is short for powder. Both [Peggy] Falcaro and [Mark] May are avid skiers, and aspects of the decor and menu will reflect that. “Photographs of different people’s passions” will decorate the restaurant, Falcaro said. The pictures will change four times a year, as will the menu, which will feature an eclectic mix of seasonal foods.
An opening fall menu lists lighter and larger entrees, like rack of lamb with goat cheese gnocchi, spinach and an herb jus for $32, a chilled cucumber and walnut soup with smoked salmon and mint for $7, and a truffled chicken roulade Caesar salad with a Parmesan crisp for $9.
The owner cites downtown’s competitive restaurant business and rising rent costs for the change; I’m sure having Staccato around the corner didn’t help as far as Italian restaurants go. Good grief, downtown is really going through some turnover on the dining, though. What’s up with that? The Grove, Hans, Super Burrito, Kuishinbo Kitchen and the others on the Minnesota block, and now Giuseppe’s… jeez.
But I like(d) Giuseppe’s… I haven’t eaten there in awhile, but I liked it the times we’ve been, and it always seemed to me to have an "old school" Italian feel to it which was appealing. Plus, they have a full bar and Goomba’s, their lounge, is accessed via Tin Pan Alley… how cool is that?
At least they’re keeping the location, and not going out of business entirely.