New Tuscan Brands Restaurant to Open in Downtown Portsmouth
Toscana Italian Chophouse & Wine Bar will offer signature chops, incredible sides, a variety of Italian favorites and more
Market Square in Portsmouth may look a little different these days, and a new restaurant is coming to change it once more. Tuscan Brands will open their new steakhouse concept, Toscana Italian Chophouse & Wine Bar, in the old Bank of New Hampshire building this month. Located within this historic building in the city’s charming Market Square neighborhood, the new restaurant will be a few doors down from its Tuscan Market location, which has been serving up handcrafted Italian specialties and house-roasted coffee to downtown guests since July 2019.
“Portsmouth doesn’t have a modern steakhouse,” says Joe Faro, founder of Tuscan Brands. “The idea for us was all about being approachable and fun, and being able to offer a steakhouse concept that will be built around signature chops, incredible sides and, of course, many of the Italian favorites that our customers have come to expect from us.”
The menu will include a lighter fare of fish, artisan craft pastas, desserts and a few different housemade breads. Additionally, as this is, after all, a steakhouse, the menu will feature the high-quality steaks, including the signature 38-ounce tomahawk bone-in ribeye and more. “Great Italian is simply fresh ingredients, delicious flavor and time-honored scratch preparation, which will all be reflected in our menu,” says Faro. Guests can also expect a craft cocktail list, an expansive collection of bourbons and whiskeys, and wines from Italy, California and France.
Part of what draws people to Portsmouth is its rich history, and in keeping with a sense of place, the new restaurant isn’t exactly all new. “The vibe inside the space is 1910-meets-2020,” says Faro. “We preserved as much of the original interior as we could with the exposed brick, palladium copper-trimmed windows, and the most exciting part, which is the two bank vaults that we turned into a wine cellar and dry aging room.”
The space will feature an impressive island bar made of stone from a quarry in Italy, two private dining rooms, an open-concept kitchen and a prominently placed wood grill.
“Whether you’re looking to indulge in one of our wood fired steaks or mix and match a meal that caters to your tastes, you will be thrilled to find that our restaurant provides that one-of-a-kind dining experience that reflects the festive, historic vibe that Portsmouth is known for,” says Faro.
The Tuscan Brand includes restaurants and markets in a variety of locations around New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and one of the other newest brand endeavors is Tuscan Village. The Village is a 170-acre, 3-million-square-foot mixed-used project that is being designed to create a hub for the community surrounding Salem, New Hampshire. The central theme is inspired by Old World urban development and traditional surroundings including lush landscaping and pocket parks.
The first phase of the North Village portion of the project was completed in 2019, and features a 80,000-square-foot Market Basket grocery store, Homesense and luxury residential space. L.L.Bean, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Chipotle Grill, more luxury apartments and a new Mass General Hospital location will all be opening in 2021, along with local brands Drive Custom Fit, Pressed Café and Tuscan Market. Upon the completion of construction in 2022, the megacenter will be home to dozens of retail, bar, restaurant and lifestyle choices, as well as a fitness facility and live entertainment options all created for you to be able to “Live. Stay. Work. Play.”