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Moro Owners Set to Open Satsuma in Former Del Rose Café Location

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Michael DiBianca describes his new Satsuma in Wilmington as, “not just Asian, but something different. We’re not going to do the same old sushi rolls, the dragon rolls and crunchy tuna rolls. It’s going to be much more innovative than that.” If anyone can pull it off, it’s DiBianca, whose Moro is famous for cutting-edge food. Satsuma, set to open this month in Wilmington’s Trolley Square, inhabits the old Del Rose Café, which was gutted to make way for a rustic-contemporary space with exposed brick walls and rafters, open ceilings, modern fixtures and an eight-seat sushi bar. With sushi and other fare, the menu will feature new twists on street food such as barbecued spare ribs and the Vietnamese sandwiches known as banh mi. “I’ve always liked the freshness and simplicity of Asian food,” DiBianca says. “But we’re not focusing on one area of Asia. It’s all of Asia. Very non-traditional. It’s not going to be like anything else around here, honestly.” (656-3015)

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