“Steeped in history and sophisticated charm, this modern Italian steakhouse [is] promising an unforgettable gastronomic journey.”

Chef Fabio Viviani on 9 Prime, opening this fall on High St.

Congratulations to Chef Fabio Viviani on his 11th restaurant location, and to us on what looks like a fabulous special occasion destination. This week we got our first look at 9 Prime, the new “modern Italian steakhouse” opening in the old bank building on High Street. The inclusive concept from Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani (Top Chef fans will remember him as the season 5 fan favorite) seemingly has something for everyone (or so the marketing copy promises). 

“Steeped in history and sophisticated charm, this modern Italian steakhouse offers a dining experience that blends traditional and contemporary styles, promising an unforgettable gastronomic journey,” reads the restaurant description shared on their Instagram page

Inside will be an expansive 400-seat restaurant with multiple bars spread across several floors. Outdoor dining will be available year-round through a four-season patio and below ground they are promising a speakeasy set inside the original bank vault. A fitting tribute to the 1912 building. 

This is Chef Viviani’s 11th restaurant including, perhaps somewhat surprisingly for the native Italian, Chuck Lager’s American Tavern in Wilmington. The opening is currently scheduled for later this fall. 

Want to be in with the in-crowd? Text “9Prime” to 805-991-5126 for an invite to their exclusive grand opening event. 


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Originally published, July 21, 2023

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