After many years (and a few locations) in the making, Il Pittore was scheduled to debut Wednesday at 2025 Sansom St. (215-391-4900; ilpittore.com).
This upscale Italian pairs Stephen Starr with his longtime right-hand man, chef Chris Painter, who helped set up such restaurants as Pizzeria Stella and Parc.
Designer Richard Stokes worked on the bilevel 80-seater, formerly Noble American Cookery. The main dining room, on the second floor, takes advantage of the skylight. On the cozier ground floor, a large community table made of bubinga wood accommodates drop-ins, and a 10-seat counter faces shelves of oils and smallwares.
The modern menu, honed during Painter's long trip to Italy, will change frequently. Prices are not low. Pastas and other first courses are in the teens. Mains start at $25 for a brick-roasted half chicken (brushed with mustard and rosemary bread crumbs) and head into the $30s. The herb-grilled porterhouse, sliced for two and served with salsa verde and Tuscan bean salad, is $85. It'll be open nightly for dinner.