Chef Angelo Romano Leaving the Pines

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The simultaneously high-end and rough-hewn Gowanus restaurant, which was recently awarded a star from the Times and is otherwise a Power Rankings regular, has lost Angelo Romano. The talented chef tells Eater that while he considers his soon-to-be-former partners at the Pines to be "like family," he's looking to move on and open his own place in Brooklyn or Manhattan, where he'll explore his "theory as to what makes restaurants truly special." [Eater NY, Related]