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Taste of Italy coming to Pottery Annex

The Dugstad family, Cindee, Bradee, Camee and Craig, plan to open their new Italian restaurant, Provenzano's Ristorante, by the end of March.

A local family is getting set to open a new Italian restaurant in Red Wing.

Cindee and Craig Dugstad plan to open Provenzano's Ristorante in the Pottery Place Annex by the end of March.

Cindee Dugstad said the restaurant is a family affair -- both in its inspiration and what will be its daily operation.

Provenzano, Dugstad said, is her mother's maiden name, and the restaurant will use her grandmother's Italian recipes. Dugstad recalls as a child visiting her grandparents, who were Italian immigrants, and eating her grandmother's spaghetti.

"It was always a treat," she said.

Once Provenzano's is up and running, Dugstad said her children will help run the restaurant.

Dugstad said her daughter Bradee has attended culinary school and will work in the kitchen, while daughter Camee will manage the dining area. And Dugstad's daughter Aleea will tackle the bookkeeping.

Meanwhile Dugstad said her teenage boys will work at the restaurant as well.

"They'll be learning the business from the bottom up," she said.

The Dugstads' two eldest children live in New York.

Longtime friend Larry Langer is aiding the family as they break into the business, Dugstad said. Langer helped the family find the location and will own the business in the short term, while the family intends to take full ownership some time in the near future.

"We always talked about starting a restaurant," Cindee Dugstad said. Craig Dugstad had worked at Cargill in Lake City for 36 years, and when he retired the couple decided it was the time for them to start a restaurant.

"This is what we planned to do with his retirement," she said.

In addition to the restaurant, Cindee Dugstad plans to open a small retail shop adjacent to Provenzano's where she'll sell women's clothing and accessories. Vintage and Vogue will offer dresses, handbags, jewelry, antiques and metaphysical books. The store is set to open by next week.