A new restaurant with a variety of items including baked goods, Italian specialties and more is set to open this month.
Fiscella's Fine Baked Foods, located in downtown Webster City, will open on Monday. Owners Nick Fiscella and Michelle Peterson, of Iowa Falls, said the restaurant will offer a family atmosphere and different foods throughout the day.
Fiscella's will open at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Peterson said the day will begin with morning pastries with an Italian theme, varieties of fresh baked breads and signature Italian desserts. Additionally, the restaurant will serve breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Michelle Peterson works on setting up the restaurant and bakery before its Dec. 16 opening. Peterson and Nick Fiscella have worked for about a month to prepare for the opening of Fiscella’s Fine Baked Foods.
For lunch, Fiscella's will serve Italian-themed sandwiches and daily specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Peterson said the restaurant will offer delivery within Webster City. Dine-in and to-go will also be offered during lunch.
Several days of the week will also feature Italian dinners. Fiscella said his great-grandparents came from Italy, and brought good homemade recipes with them. The menu will be Americana Italian, featuring lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli and more all made from scratch. The restaurant will be open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fiscella said the restaurant is still in the process of acquiring a liquor license. Delivery will not be available for dinners.
Fiscella's will also offer catering, Christmas parties and more. Peterson said the restaurant and bakery is already taking reservations. She will also be available to make specialty cakes, wedding cakes and birthday cakes which can have an Italian theme if desired.
Peterson and Fiscella have been setting up at the restaurant for about a month now. They currently have five employees, several of which are family members, and plan to hire several more. Peterson brings 14 years of restaurant management experience and Fiscella brings years of people and project managing from working for 30 years as a pipe fitter. For Fiscella, the opening of the restaurant marks the start of something fun to do after retiring from his trade.
The location of Fiscella's, at the southwest corner of 2nd Street and Willson Avenue, was acquired by Fiscella and Peterson as part of the business incubator project with the Webster City Chamber of Commerce. Both of the owners agree the project has been a great help in opening their restaurant and bakery.
"It's offered us an opportunity to not go out and buy a building," Peterson said. "A lot of the growing pains that people run into when they start their own business are through that and this has given us a step up and really helped us."
"Instead of taking the cash we had for the business to put towards a down payment, we can put that right into the business right up front," Fiscella said. "It helps a lot."
A grand opening for Fiscella's will likely be held toward the end of January.