Coming Soon: Taverna de Bocco at 175 Ludlow
The Tartar-Tarot combo at French spot Le Pere Pinard was a short-lived concept that eventually shuttered nearly two years ago to the day. Since then, 175 Ludlow Street has seen a whole lot of inactivity and decrepitude – a tattered awning which still boasted spray-paints and a security gate with the requisite graffiti markings. But work began with the new year.
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In mid-February, Naples-born Maurizio Crescenzo, who also owns Grano Trattoria, appeared before the Community Board 3 SLA committee [PDF] to present his proposal for a new Italian restaurant at 175 Ludlow. After some deliberation, the application was denied due to its presence in “the single worst area in the 7th Precinct in terms of degraded quality of life.” Despite the adversity, though, work inside the forthcoming restaurant has been ongoing since the meeting. We stopped by over the weekend, and spoke with the proprietor about his new venture.
The establishment is called Taverna de Bocco, and will specialize in the cuisine of southern Italy. Not too much is known about the menu just yet, but sounds like it will be moderately priced for the neighborhood. And much like its predecessor, there are plans to keep the garden dining active.
Taverna de Bocco will reportedly open the week following the July 4 holiday. Look out, Tre, you’ve got some steady competition right at your doorstep!
Meanwhile, you can take a stroll down memory lane with Le Pere Pinard, as their website is still active.