Luca Bar Reopens and Plans to Go Back to Basics

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The original Luca Lounge. Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Vito DiTomaso tells us he reopened Luca Bar yesterday and chalks the seizure owing to non-payment of taxes up to bad accounting. New York City is a very tough market, he says. You dont get bills, you get bills, you dont get bills, and bills get piled up. He says he plans to give it more than we were giving before, starting with a new menu in the coming weeks that will be more like the one that the original Luca Lounge on Avenue B offered in 1997. We were the first place to bring a Neapolitan personal pizza to the neighborhood, says DiTomaso. Though he wants the new pizza-focused menu to be a little bit of a surprise, he plans to forgo the fancier food hes been serving lately (Its very hard to run a kitchen and hire chefs and cooks and dishwashersit takes a toll on business) and take it back to how we started very basic, very loving, caring food.