Bella Luna news
NOTE: I've updated the name of the deli and the owner. A few foodies have noticed the change at Bella Luna at Findlay Market. First, it was closed for vacation, now it has a new name.
Bella Luna owner Harry Stephens assures me that both the deli and the restaurant are staying open, though the deli now has a new owner, Angela Lucarelli.
The deli is now called Angelina Fine Italian Food, but it's still an Italian specialty shop, "with her own twist," says Stephens.
The story is that Lucarelli was dining at Bella Luna one night and told Stephens that her dream was to own an Italian shop. Luck would have it that Stephens was in the mood to sell, and now she's living her dream, with her mother.
"We’re going to focus our efforts here on Eastern Avenue," says Stephens, whose restaurant focuses on regional Italian cuisine. "Bella Luna is not -- I repeat not -- closing."
And not only is Bella Luna not closing, but it's also unveiling its latest menu starting Saturday. It's focusing on the Po Basin region of Italy, north of Tuscany. That includes Emilia Romagnia, Lombadia and Veneto.
Info: Bella Luna, 513-871-5862 4632 Eastern Avenue (Linwood), Cincinnati, 45226
Angelina Fine Italian Food: 513-381-2222, in Findlay Market. (She's closed on Monday and Tuesday.)