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It’s hard to say what sets A-B’s mouth watering more: dreaming of the cheese counter at Andrew Weissman’s forthcoming Italian venture at the Pearl Brewery, the promised antipasta spread, or the window in which fresh pasta will be made. The restaurant — scheduled to open early next year in the development’s Full Goods remade warehouse space, where it will take advantage of an onsite herb garden, solar roof panels, rainwater recapture, and other earth-friendly features — will be called Il Sogno, the Italian version of Weissman’s critically acclaimed downtown “dream,” Le Rêve.

Il Sogno’s kitchen (offering ringside seating) will aim for the same heights as Le Rêve’s cuisine, but without the intimidating dinner-jacket requirement. My husband and I had two of the most memorable meals of the year this summer at Weissman’s Sandbar, so the wait for more great eats is agonizing, but like A-B you can while away the hours on the riverside deck at Jason Dady’s new venture, Tré Trattoria, now open just north of the Witte Museum, and by cooking at home: Central Market’s annual Hatch Chile Festival is heading into its second (and final) week.

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