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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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.)

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at 1:29 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

I don't know if anyone has ever checked out his other place: Harry's Diner. It's way out in Alexandria in a Wal Mart parking lot, but they have great diner food and it looks like a real old-fashioned diner.

at 2:02 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I went to Bella Luna (East Side location) for the first time last Friday night for dinner with friends. When we were deciding what to order for drinks, our waiter, Roger, told us about a special blind selection processthey have for wine. Basically they bring out a bucket with 4 $60 bottle of wines in them turned upside down. You select one and get the bottle half off for $30. I was nominated to select one at our table and chose I wonderful Chianti. Just kind of fun way to start the dinner..........

at 2:22 PM Blogger Stepf said...

That sounds like a neat way to start dinner! And I hadn't heard about Harry's Diner. I'll check it out.

at 3:01 PM Blogger Mary said...

O.K. Stepf please don't believe anything I write today. I just found out that Harry's Diner closed. It was open for years and I just ate there a few months back. Apparently I have so much power and control over the universe that when I stop frequenting a place it meets a sad demise. Maybe he just wanted to focus more on his Bella Luna's.

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