Nu restaurant in Kentucky
I just talked to Mark Bodenstein, a chef who opened a restaurant in Florence on Tuesday. He calls it NuVo. He says he's cooking Modern American Cuisine, and is trying to keep the focus on local ingredients, or at least American ingredients. He's got some local rabbit right now, Kentucky tomme cheese, leg of lamb, but also calamari , American Kobe or Wagyu, foie gras, risotto with Oregon truffles. "I call it dining finely, not fine dining," he said, to make the point it's good food but not hugely expensive. Entrees are $14-$27, and the $27 is the Kobe steak.
I hadn't heard any rumors about this place: Bodenstein said he wanted it to seem like it came out of nowhere. He wasn't too forthcoming about where he came from--out of nowhere also, I guess.
It sounds like something rather differentfor Northern Kentucky and worth checking out. It's 111 seats, in a former Pizza Hut at 7915 Dream Street in Florence, which is off KY 18. OPen 4-10 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: 859-283-2100