• Chef Mike Niccoli will open the Mediterranean-style Restaurant Navona on New Year's Eve in what has been home to the Midtown Tap & Tea Room since 2007. Niccoli, who headed the kitchen at The Century House in Latham for seven years, named the new venture after a spot in Rome he visited with his wife, Kim Baker, with whom he'll operate the restaurant. She also had been at The Century House, as general manager. Dominique Brialy, late of The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar, now is executive chef there. The couple also plans to conduct cooking classes at the new enterprise, according to the Times Union's Table Hopping blog. Projected hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Phone: 435-0202.