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When Rudy Accornero decided to give a warm, sexy vibe to Epoca — his Fort Greene eatery — he went all out.

“I spent more money on candles than on wine,” Accornero told GO Brooklyn. The expense and attention to detail shows. The small Italian spot, which opened earlier this month, is decked out with dark wood furniture and has world music — not quite the thump of techno, but close — humming in the background.

Once you’ve finished taking in the ambience, you can start digging into the food. Chef Andrea Borio’s cuisine is classic Northern Italian with options ranging from panini and salads at lunch to the “Orecchiette al pesto,” tiny pieces of ear-shaped pasta tossed with basil pesto, toasted pine nuts and fresh asparagus, for dinner.

According to Accornero, the most popular dish so far has been his namesake “Rudy’s Gril1” (pictured), a choice of salmon, steak or calamari paired with a Gorgonzola, port or lime-mint sauce and served with two sides. Wash it all down with a selection from the lengthy list of Italian wine and beer, (though curb that craving for Limoncello — there’s not a full bar here yet).

Epoca (773 Fulton St., between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street in Fort Greene) accepts cash only. Brunch: $11.95. Lunch: $6.25–$14.95. Dinner: $7.25–$24.95. The eatery is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from noon-5 pm and Friday and Saturday 5 pm-midnight. Lunch is served Wednesday through Friday from noon-5 pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 pm. For information, call (718) 596-9070.

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