Harold Dieterle (Image: Food Network)

Attentive viewers of TV’s “Top Chef” may recall Harold Dieterle, who won the first season of the contest. Indeed those who live in New York or visit the city frequently to sample its restaurants may recall some of his early endeavors behind a professional stove, which included the Asian-themed Perilla in the West Village, and Marrow, the chef’s ill-fated tribute to his German roots.

Now they will get a fresh chance at Il Totano, which occupies the former site in the West Village of Flex Mussels. The restaurant, which is slated to open next Monday, May 20, will focus on southern Italian cuisine — especially seafood (members of Dieterle’s family also hail from there). Expect crudos, grilled shrimp with pepperoncini butter, pasta with sardines, and chicken Marsala.

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