How can “that familiar good taste you’ve been missing” be the motto for a restaurant that hasn’t even opened yet?

When the owners of the restaurant are Gisella and Ricardo Duran, who used to work at Augie’s #1 Restaurant and Pizzeria. The new restaurant will also feature several other former employees of Augie’s.

Gisella’s Ristorante will open on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 4 Starr St., about a block away from the Danbury DMV. Starr Street connects South and Triangle streets.

“We’ve been in Danbury for years and we’re familiar with Danbury,” Gisella Duran said. “We have a good following here.”

They built that following during their many years at Augie’s #1. Ricardo Duran was chef at Augie’s for more than 20 years and will bring his signature dishes and sauces to the new restaurant. Gisella Duran worked at Augie’s for 18 years as a waitress and behind the counter.

Augie’s #1 remains open under new ownership in the Germantown section of Danbury. The original owner, Agostino “Augie” Incorvaia, sold the business earlier this year after 25 years.

“I knew I wanted to open my place,” said Gisella Duran, who is Incorvaia’s cousin. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but this was my goal. I learned a lot from Augie over the years.”

Gisella and Ricardo met at Augie’s and got married there 21 years ago.

“I would go in to visit my cousin (Augie) and I would see people in the kitchen looking out that little window at me,” Gisella recalled. “One day my cousin told me: “One of the guys in the kitchen likes you and wants to go out with you.”

Familiarity is a common theme at Gisella’s Ristorante. It is located at the former location of Nick’s Pizza and Restaurant, which was founded by Gisella Duran’s uncle and named after another one of her cousins.

Food will be served at Gisella’s by several former members of the wait staff of Augie’s, including Michelle Cook, who worked at Nick’s and then Augie’s. She is looking forward to Tuesday’s opening and hopes to see some familiar faces.

“I’m thrilled they are opening this restaurant. I’ve always loved waitressing and talking to people,” Cook said. “I know half of Danbury and have lived here my whole live. Everyone is excited about this.”

Ricardo Duran said he is eager to get back into a kitchen to serve customers. He did not reveal the ingredients to his sauces, but did provide some insight into their popularity.

“It’s just coming from my heart,” he said. “I think of the customers and want them to feel at home. I feel happy when people say the food is good.”

Gisella called Ricardo the “behind-the-scenes hero.”

The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. The menu will include traditional and new Italian dishes, as well as pizza. There is also a kid’s menu. Gisella’s will also offer take-out and catering. It has seating for 94 people.

“They are carrying on a tradition from the past,” said Dorothy Lewis, who is helping the Durans with marketing their new business. “It’s going to fill a void. The recipes are familiar and faces are familiar. It’s good food and good service.”

The Facebook page for the restaurant has more than 600 likes and followers, a statistic that caught the eye of Nelson Merchan, an advisor with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center.

“Having a community of followers before opening can mean the difference between success and failure - between having profits sooner or later,” Merchan said.

To reach Gisella’s Ristorante, call (203) 456-6595.

The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearstmediact.com; 203-731-3338