March 28, 2012
Bruce Logue Says Ciao to a Chang-Style Noodle Bar
Chef Logue Exits La Pietra Cucina To Open His Own Italian Eatery in Atlanta
By Nancy Staab
THIS JUST IN: La Pietra Cucina’s masterful chef, formerly of Mario Batali’s Babbo in NYC, will create his own chef-owned, intimate resto later this year. Think: an Italian version of David Chang’s Asian Noodle Bar Momofuku right in the heart of Atlanta. The joint will be called BoccaLupo (rough translation: an Italian phrase for good luck) but with his formidable chef cred we don’t think Logue needs any extra luck!
Bruce Logue is a rock star chef who’s just happens to have been laboring for the last several years in semi-under-the-radar fashion (not the normal status for a rock star chef!) at the Italian restaurant La Pietra Cucina. La Pietra is located in the rather impersonal Peachtree Pointe office skyscraper in the no-man’s land between Buckhead and Midtown. Suffice it to say, the location did not do Logue’s masterful cooking any favors, nor did the generic décor. Logue also lacked any kind of major PR hype. But that’s OK. Logue really didn’t need any of those extra props. Respected restaurant critics, journalists, foodies, bloggers and the general public who managed to find him, flocked to La Pietra and returned, again and again, raving all the way home about his robust and gutsy black spaghetti with Calabrese sausage and rock shrimp (a signature dish) and other delectable, always changing pastas, entrees and house-made charcuterie boards.
Prior to La Pietra, Logue worked at Mario Battali’s Babbo in New York City, so this guy knows his way around strozzapretti and fazzoletti, not to mention spaghetti! In conversations last winter Logue expressed to LuxeCrush his idea of launching an intimate, affordable, casual, Italian-style pasta/noodle bar in Atlanta along the lines of David Chang’s immensely popular Momofuku in NYC. And judging from his current plans, this is still the central concept--though the location is still to be determined. Logue recently shared the formal description for his new baby BoccaLupo (literal translation “Mouth of the Wolf” but figuratively an Italian good luck phrase) with LuxeCrush, so you be the judge:
“…an Italian American eatery and pasta bar [that] will focus on quality, farm fresh food ingredients, handled with care and a certain amount of finesse…The restaurant will use locally grown food from sustainable sources to the extent that it is available. Our goal is to create affordable dishes with Italian roots using the bounty of artisan food products now being produced in the United States….The menu will include antipasti and appetizers as well as Panini sandwiches at lunch. Each night and at lunch we will offer a few simple entrees that will rotate with the season as well as what is available locally. Desserts will consist primarily of house-made gelati and cookies. Beverages will include a small and affordable by-the-glass wine list as well as bottled beer and wine and a few creative cocktails.” Logue also cites NYC's buzzy Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm as an inspiration for his upcoming pasta bar.
As for the atmosphere:
“BoccaLupo will have a casual urban vibe with a sophisticated feed. The small dining room will be built around an open kitchen with elevated stools at the Pasta Bar as the focal point of the restaurant. The remaining seats will be at tables and a banquette facing the Pasta Bar. The décor will be a modest blend with soulful charm.”
We will keep you posted at further details develop about menu, opening date and location, but we can’t wait to belly up to this chef-driven, homemade Italian noodle bar by one of Atlanta’s gutsiest local chefs.
For more information and updates check out the twitter feed @boccalupoatl