In just a few weeks, Indigo Road's Italian venture Indaco is slated to open on Upper King with chef Robert Berry at the helm. The Slightly North of Broad alum recently returned to Charleston after stints at Cookshop and Monument Lane in New York. He talked with Eater about what to expect on the menu at Indaco, biking and how the new hearth-focused restaurant will be another addition to the the city's late-night scene. Presenting five previously unknown facts about Berry and Indaco...
1. Yes, there will be pizza and baked pasta, but look out for Berry's take on porchetta and greens. "I'm pretty excited to be doing some vegetable dishes," he said. "We'll also be getting in whole hogs and we'll do a porchetta from that, which I've done before." ("I have a tendency toward pork," he told Eater New York in 2012.)
2. Speaking of vegetables, while in New York Berry would bike to the green market in Brooklyn daily. In the same interview, he told Eater New York about his routine: "I ride my bike over to Borough Hall, I'll load things into a taxi and race the guy back. It's a good wake up in the morning, gets the mind going seeing all the produce out there, talking to people, finding out what's coming, what's going out. Then on the bike ride back, I imagine what I'm going to do." Now, he'll ride out to IOP, so his days often star with views of dolphins.
3. The menu will be printed as needed. Don't look for the fare to change daily, but Berry expects it to change depending on what Lowcountry farms have available. As he puts it, if a farmer comes to them with a product they want, they'll run it on the menu until he runs out of it.
4. Berry calls the rustic Indaco "oven-centric." He'll be working with a wood fire for everything from the pizza to the roasted chickens and braised offerings. "The oven will be functioning 24 hours a day," he said. Once the food gets to the table, "the philosophy is sharing," like the $40 family-style option.
5. There will be pizza until midnight. Charleston notoriously has a dearth of after-hours options, but Berry and co. will be spinning out pies until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. He hopes to add baked pastas to the late-night scene as well. Dinner will be available until 11 p.m. on those nights and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
· Indaco [Official]
· Indaco Means Pizza, Italian and Negronis on King Street [-ECHS-]
· Josh Früm and Robert Berry of Monument Lane [-ENY-]
[Photo: Landon Nordeman Photography]