After 12 years, Savona owner Evan Lambert says, "It's time to evolve" at the Gulph Mills destination.

It's closed for renovations and is expected to reopen mid-May, in time for graduations and Mother's Day.

The evolution means that Savona will break out a 30-seat fine-dining room, where traditionalists can order from Andrew Masciangelo's refined Riviera-inspired menu.

The rest of the restaurant -- including a new, expanded bar and outdoor patio -- will serve a more casual Italian menu focused on locally available ingredients.

Prices are and will be $100 a person for fine dining. Lambert expects a tab for two in the casual section to run about $80.

The economy? "We can't avoid talking about it," says Lambert, stressing that Savona's a la carte business is "strong. We're successful in a quiet way. Our biggest hit has been in private dining. Not as many companies are doing events anymore."

Wine-by-the-glass list, under sommelier Melissa Monosoff, will expand to 50 selections.