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       Inside Tavolo V, another del Pietro restaurant. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Salted Pig

The man behind Tavolo V, Sugo's Spaghetteria, Babbo's Spaghetteria and Via Vino -- Michael del Pietro -- is gearing up to open the Salted Pig in Frontenac at the former site of Frontenac Grill. Del Pietro took over the space in July. Back then he had yet to name the new restaurant, but he knew that it would wouldn't be Italian, like his other eateries. He says Salted Pig will focus on Southern food like barbecue and fried chicken, dressed up a bit for the Frontenac crowd.

He's partnering with Ken Dennison, who is currently executive chef at DC's Smokin BBQ, a small catering company and barbecue competition team. The menu wasn't completely finished when we last spoke to them, but Dennison said that bringing Southern comfort food and farm-to-table freshness together with barbecue is really a new concept.

"If you go to a barbecue restaurant, that's all you're gonna get, and your sides may be canned or come premade. We're doing everything we can to prepare it each day, to keep it very fresh and at a good price," he told us.

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