The Italian restaurant Catullo’s will open its doors in Nocatee at the end of 2022 | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record


An Italian restaurant that started out as a food truck, then established itself as a popular brick and mortar store, now wants to increase sales with a second store in Nocatee next year.

Brothers Carl and Dave Catullo will open Catullo’s Italian restaurant in downtown Nocatee, between Luxury Nail Spa and Palm Leaf Dental, according to a December 3 press release.

The press release indicates that the largest Publix grocery store in the region is the center’s anchor point.

Brothers Carl and Dave Catullo announced the opening of the restaurant on their restaurant’s Facebook page.

Both men have extensive food preparation experience, having worked for 15 years at Flying Iguana, Lynch’s Irish Pub and Roy’s before starting the food truck in 2016.

In 2019, they opened Catullo’s Italian at 1650-2 San Pablo Road S. on Atlantic Boulevard and San Pablo Road in the Village Shoppes of San Pablo.

They posted on the Catullo Facebook page on December 3 that they would be opening their second restaurant. They said it was a fitting way to mark the restaurant’s third anniversary. Their lease begins in September 2022 with plans to open in December 2022 or January 2023.

“Nocaturé, we are coming. The lease is officially signed, ”said a video on the Facebook page.

The restaurant is planned between the Luxury Nail Spa and the Palm Leaf Dental. (Google)

“It will be a slightly bigger place but we don’t want to change the mood too much,” the brothers said.

Bringing Catullo’s Italian to Nocatee is seen as an important addition to this region’s culinary mix, said Rick Ray, president and CEO of PARC Group, which is the main developer of Nocatee.

“Catullo is perhaps the most authentic Italian experiences in Northeast Florida,” he said in the Dec. 3 release.

The menu consists of homemade pasta and gnocchi dishes with seafood, pork, beef and chicken.

It opens daily at 5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. There is no lunch service. They don’t take reservations.

The original Italian Catullo’s has 10 tables and 10 seats at the bar. The walls are decorated with portraits of generations of family members.

The new restaurant is slightly larger, but customers can expect a dining experience similar to Nocatee, the brothers said on Facebook.

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