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Fine dining in the heart of a village

New culinary team aims to deliver fresh and affordable eats in Altamont

The team behind Mio Vino, a wine bar and bistro that's aimed for a mid- to late-October opening, standing at the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue in Altamont, where the restaurant will be located. From left: Michael Giorgio, Siobhan Spencer and Chef Evan Sloan.

The team behind Mio Vino, a wine bar and bistro that's aimed for a mid- to late-October opening, standing at the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue in Altamont, where the restaurant will be located. From left: Michael Giorgio, Siobhan Spencer and Chef Evan Sloan. Photo by Charles Wiff.

— One thing Mio Vino won't need is a freezer — except a small one for storing homemade ice cream.

The team said setting affordable prices was a goal right out of the gate, especially since pleasing recession-minded palates is a necessity. That's something Sloan said he's keeping in mind as he designs the menu.

“I think people are really getting excited about food now,” he said. “If they get a good meal, they'll be happy paying for it.”

Giorgio calls the business union “divine intervention,” Sloan and his wife of two years, Siobhan Spencer, having just missed out on a nearly sealed deal on a Saratoga Springs restaurant location, and Giorgio and his wife, Emilia, having just lost a chef for the Altamont space. A plumber mentioned the culinary duo to Giorgio, and the rest's history.

Now Sloan and Spencer, who will be running the front-end operations at Mio Vino, live above the restaurant that's rapidly looking more and more the part. The interior design is to incorporate LED lighting for a modern, polished look, and since part of the building was recently an apartment the dining spaces will be cozy and intimate.

Patrons will also be able to dine on the porch in fair weather. The extensive renovations haven't gone unnoticed in the community, said Spencer.

“The town seems really excited about this. We get a lot of positive feedback,” she said.

The owners plan to employ around a dozen workers in full- and part-time positions.

The team behind Mio Vino is shooting for a mid- to late-October opening. For regular updates, find the restaurant on Facebook or Twitter, or look to the pages of The Spotlight.

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