Ever since chef Michael Toscano announced he was leaving New York to settle in Charleston, the rumor mills have circulated his potential plans for the Holy City. Toscano was the executive chef behind Perla, Montmartre, and Jeffrey's Grocery in New York City, so it was assumed he would eventually grace the Lowcountry with a restaurant. While tips filed in that the chef was looking at Daniel Island and a property in Mount Pleasant, Post & Courier got the official word today that Toscano will take over Beaufain Street restaurant Leaf.
Toscano's forthcoming restaurant will be named Le Farfalle and will feature Italian fare. For a preview of what may be to come, the chef's agnolotti al sugo d’arrosto was named a "Best New Pasta Dish" by Eater New York in 2013.
Toscano and wife Caitlin plan to open Le Farfalle this spring, after a few renovations to Leaf. Caitlin will run the front of house, while Michael will head the kitchen.