Let’s get some initial questions about Tesoro, the newly revamped Italian eatery on Harlow Street in Bangor that reopened under new ownership this week after three months closed, out of the way first.
Yes, it still offers pizza, pasta and carafes of wine. Yes, there’s still classic diner-style seating in the front room. And yes, nearly 25 years after original owners Rocco and Fortunata Agrusa first opened the downtown Bangor restaurant, Tesoro will for the first time take credit and debit cards.
Aside from that, there’s lots that’s new about Tesoro 2.0 — from the newly constructed bar offering classic and signature cocktails, to a new appetizer and salad menu, to a large, colorful mural painted along a wall by local artist Valerie Wallace.
Johanna Harvey and her co-owner purchased Tesoro from the Agrusas in late November, and have spent the past three months renovating the eatery at the corner of Harlow and Franklin streets into a space that combines the retro pizza parlor feel of the old Tesoro with a sleek, modern trattoria look and updated menu. The interior has been fully renovated, from the floors and walls to the tables and chairs — but the retro-style blinds on the windows, the takeout counter and the hulking pizza oven remain in place.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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