Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bar Lucca to replace Totaro's in Conshohocken

Brain Pieri is hoping to open during the third week of August.

Bar Lucca to replace Totaro's in Conshohocken

Restaurateur Brian Pieri in his hometown of Lucca.
Restaurateur Brian Pieri in his hometown of Lucca.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

Neither is Bar Lucca, coming to Hector Street in Conshohocken during the third week of August.

Owner Brian Pieri - who owns The StoneRose in the borough - bought the landmark Totaro's earlier this year after more than a year's negotiations. Renovations to the former rowhouse have proceeded slowly and deliberately.

Pieri chose Lucca as the name because it's his family's home town, as he relayed by text message from Tuscany.

He describes the concept as "open-air Italian," including house-made pastas, a traditional brick oven for pizza, meats and breads, and an "adventurous but simple" wine list.

Chef Will Langlois, a Distrito alumnus who runs the kitchen at The StoneRose, will be chef.

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